DOH-8 deploys 2nd batch of health workers to NCR

TACLOBAN CITY, April 22 (PIA) -- In order to ensure that all Filipinos are guaranteed equitable access and quality health services, the Department of Health Eastern Visayas Center for Health Development has deployed another batch of health workers to the National Capital Region on Wednesday, April 21.

This is a public health emergency response to the call for augmentation of health workforce following the unprecedented surge of coronavirus cases known as COVID 19 in NCR, Central Luzon and Calabarzon.

All 11 nurses will be temporarily assigned at the Philippine Heart Center for a minimum of two weeks and a maximum of two months. Three came from Leyte, one from Southern Leyte, one from Eastern Samar and six from Biliran province.

The first batch composed of 15 nurses and one doctor was deployed last April 7, 2021.

In a short statement during the send-off ceremony at the Tacloban DZR airport on Wednesday, Dr. Exuperia Sabalberino, OIC regional director of the Department of Health in the region lauded the nurses for responding the call of duty and for sharing their selfless service to the people of the National Capital Region and to the Filipinos as a whole as she urged them to consider their new assignment as a learning opportunity.

“We hope and pray that as you will be deployed to the Philippine Heart Center you take this as a learning opportunity for you. We salute you for all your selfless service to the people of NCR and to the Filipinos in general, "Sabalberino said.

Sabalberino also expressed gratitude to everyone after noting that COVID-19 cases in the region is very low at the moment which she attributed to the whole-of-nation approach which is a concerted effort and support of government agencies, local government units and the community. (ldl/cba/PIA8)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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