More doctors, other health workers deployed in Davao City

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The Davao City Health Office (CHO) and the Department of Health (DOH) have deployed at least 166 health workers in various barangays in the city.

Those deployed under the national government’s Human Resource for Health (HRH) program include medical doctors, dentists, nurses, midwives, medical technicians, and others, according to CHO head Dr. Josephine Villafuerte.

The additional health team will be under the supervision of the CHO.

The HRH program initiated by DOH is aimed to address the lack of doctors, dentists, nurses, and others in the barangays. The program is a support to the attainment of the Universal Health Care approved under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

The deployed health professionals will provide public health and clinical services, strengthen the other administrative and managerial concerns in the rural health unit such as operational health planning, researches, disease surveillance, staff capability building, and program management, Villafuerte explained.

The health professionals are assigned in areas identified by the DOH.

“They will complete the necessary sets of health professionals in every barangay,” Villafuerte said.

She said the additional medical team is a big help for better delivery of health services.

Vice Mayor Sebastian Duterte, acting mayor since last month after Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio took a leave of absence, thanked the DOH for assisting the city in filling its need for medical professionals.

“Health is one of my priorities and with this deployment, everyone in the community – even in the far-flung barangays – have easy access to (services) and medicines,” he said.