Philippines ends overseas travel ban on health care workers

SourceArab News
SectorHealthcare
CountryMiddle east

Philippines ends overseas travel ban on health care workers Philippines ends overseas travel ban on health care workers Newly graduated nurses gesture while having their picture taken by a friend before the oath taking ceremony of the professional nurses inside a mall in Manila.

(REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco/File Photo) Short Url Philippines ends overseas travel ban on health care workers Improving COVID-19 situation paves way for lifting of ban Gov’t to allow 5,000 health care workers to leave annually Updated 21 November 2020 Follow @arabnews MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has approved ending a ban on deploying the nation’s health care workers, his labor minister said on Saturday, clearing the way for thousands of nurses to take up jobs overseas. “The president already approved the lifting of the temporary suspension of deployment of nurses and other medical workers,” Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello told Reuters. Bello said the spread of the novel coronavirus was slowing down in the country and conditions were improving, so the government could afford to let its health care workers leave. The Philippines has the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in Southeast Asia, but daily case numbers and death rates have dropped. To ensure the Philippines has enough medical professionals to continue to fight the pandemic at home, only 5,000 ...read more...