DOH bares qualifications for contact tracers

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  • DOH Undersecretary Rosario Vergeire said contact tracers should be allied medical professionals, or at least a graduate or an undergraduate of an allied medical course
  • Vergeire said she believes that this opening for contact tracers will serve as an opportunity for those who are looking for work because their jobs were affected by the imposed quarantine
  • DOH earlier said they are short of 94k contact tracers

In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the Philippines, the Department of Health (DOH) abd the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) are working together on the emergency hiring of people who will serve as contact tracers.

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DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said contact tracers should be allied medical professionals such as nurse, or at least a graduate or an undergraduate of an allied medical course.

Aside from this, they should also be able to interview cases and close contacts to gather important information on travel history and health assessment. Aside from this, they will also advocate public health by spreading health education messages as well.

DOH earlier said they are looking for 94k contact tracers. During her virtual presser, Vergeire said she believes that this opening for contact tracers will serve as an opportunity for those who are looking for work because their jobs were affected by the imposed quarantine.

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The DOH earlier asked the DILG to consider tapping barangay health workers and social workers to support the national response against COVID-19.

PNA said that as of Tuesday, the DOH has already processed 204 facility requests for the emergency hiring of additional health workers and has approved 8,606 slots for hiring in 204 hospitals, quarantine facilities, Philippine Arena COVID-19 facility, and Quezon City Institute temporary quarantine facility.

“We also have 2,730 personnel hired in different hospitals and quarantine facilities. We have also redeployed 1,221 nurses in DOH and local government unit hospitals under the DOH redeployment program, 185 nurses in Luzon and 1,036 in Visayas and Mindanao,” Vergeire reported.

Source :

PNA, Inquirer

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