IT is truly unfortunate that the Philippines, one of the world’s major exporters of quality health professionals, is still teeming with jobless and underemployed registered nurses.
What saddens most Filipinos, notably parents, is the fact that other nurses are forced to work overseas as domestic helpers, caregivers, salesgirls, messengers or janitresses.
Not only that. Many of those lucky enough to work in private hospitals, clinics and other medical institutions in the impoverished countryside are overworked and underpaid.
Thus, Senator Bam Aquino should be commended for urging the government to assign at least one registered nurse in every public school throughout the Philippines.
“Our students and our teachers should have quick access to basic health care and assistance in schools. And with over 45,000 public schools, we create more meaningful jobs for our nurses,” said Aquino.
According to the highly-articulate lawmaker from Tarlac, having a nurse in every school emphasizes the value of health, nutrition and well-being of students and teachers.
His Senate Bill (SB) No. 663 mandates the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Department of Health (DoH) to employ at least one nurse in every public school.
Under the proposed law, these nurses will be responsible for improving the delivery of health care services to students and teachers in government-run educational institutions.
It’s like hitting two birds with one stone, according to a former overseas Filipino worker (OFW), who is now a barangay chairman in Pangasinan.
“Magkakaroon ng magandang trabaho ang mga nurse natin at mapapangalagaan pa ang kalusugan ng mga estudyante sa mga pampublikong paaralan sa buong bansa,” he added.