By Billy Begas
Speaker Lord Allan Jay Velasco has urged the Department of Health (DOH) and the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) to tap unregistered nurses to augment the manpower of healthcare workers.
Velasco said nursing graduates can work under the supervision of a registered nurse or doctor through a special arrangement with the PRC.
“Since na-postpone din recently ‘yung nursing board exam, we can actually tap ‘yung mga supposedly magbo-board exam and use them as health workers,” Velasco said.
The PRC has decided to postpone the first batch of the nursing board exam scheduled on May 30 and 31 upon the request of the Philippine Nursing Association following the recent surge of COVID-19 cases.
The exam was rescheduled to November 21 and 22 this year.
“Aral na po ang mga ‘yan,” Velasco said, referring to expected takers of nursing licensure exam. “They are resources that we can actually use to help fight the pandemic.”
DOH data show that as of April 25, a total of 17,365 health workers have been infected with COVID-19, 195 of them are active cases and 88 died.
Meanwhile, Velasco urged the public to do their part in minimizing the spread of the virus by observing minimum health protocols.
“Napapansin ko when I go around na there’s still a lot of people not following the protocols,” Velasco noted. “Meaning, ‘yung pinaka-basic man lang, ‘yung pagsuot natin ng face mask. Kahit iyon man lamang—‘yung pinaka-basic.”