Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Nurses... Nurses... Nurses...

It’s quite confusing when you read two contrasting facts about our country’s health infrastructure. The World Health Organization (WHO) officials cited t as a grim picture and a serious situation for the Philippines. They said that we are losing at least 15,000 nurses and other medical professionals every year due to a mass labor exodus of Filipino overseas workers where many of them are seeking a greener pasture in another country. The United States, Europe and lately Australia are the main destination of our health workers abroad. A better pay and bigger compensations are the reason why many of them decided to live their families here. It is estimated that 85% of the country’s nurses left the country where four in ten people survived on two dollars a day or less.

On the other hand, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), we are producing around 200,000 nursing graduates every year. And that there is a surplus of nurses who are jobless in the Philippines. Which is which? What’s really the truth? I’m a bit worried since I have friends here in our place where they are still seeking for a job after passing the Nursing Board exam and there are still some of them who are studying. Will they be assured to land a stable job here in our place or will they be part of the mass exodus of health workers abroad?