City gives P12M to DOH for hiring of nurses

THE Cebu City Government has turned over to the Department of Health (DOH) Central Visayas P12 million cash intended for the hiring of nurses to be deployed in the private hospitals in Cebu City.

The City handed the amount to the DOH Central Visayas through DOH 7 Assistant Regional Director Guy Perez on Monday, Aug. 16, 2021.

Cebu City Councilor Eduardo Rama Jr. said the budget is intended for the hiring of 100 nurses for a three-month contract.

Rama said this is a way for the City Government to assist the private hospitals amid the shortage of nurses.

In previous press conferences, Rama said there were still rooms available in the hospitals, however, due to lack of manpower, these rooms could not be used.

The City also has its own ongoing hiring of nurses and other medical staff who will be deployed to the city’s isolation centers and vaccination sites.

Cebu City Health Department officer-in-charge Jeffrey Ibones said close to 40 nurses have been hired by the city to be assigned in the city’s temporary treatment and monitoring facility and vaccination sites.

Ibones assured that the salaries of the medical workers will be given on time as there is a budget allocated for such expenses.

Acting Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama has directed Councilor Rama to ensure there will be no delay of salaries this time. (JJL)