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WHO eyes Filipino health workers to help Ebola-stricken West African countries

Article courtesy of Jet Villa, InterAksyon.com

Nurses treat a patient with Ebola hemorrhagic fever in this AFP file photo.

Nurses treat a patient with Ebola hemorrhagic fever in this AFP file photo.

MANILA – Saying the continuing spread of the deadly Ebola disease will require more trained health workers to stamp it out within the next criticial months, World Health Organization (WHO)  officials have asked the Philippines to send health professionals to help control the outbreak.

The deaths from Ebola cases in West Africa breached 3,000 before the weekend.

On Friday, WHO Country Representative Dr. Julie Hall said West Africa needs a “very large [number of workers] to stop the transmission of the Ebola virus.”  As of Sept. 26, a total of  6,553 people have been infected, of whom 3,083 have died.

The outbreak has been projected to continue within the next nine months at least, Hall told a forum of the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) and Philippine Healthcare Association of the Philippines (PHAP) on Friday.

“The situation in western Africa is quite critical. As you will see, the numbers are rising in the cases of Ebola.  The only way to control the outbreak is to have sufficient [numbers of] health workers,” she said.

Having enough health workers on the ground could encourage infected individuals to step forward for treatment, thus, expediting the crucial work of contact tracing by authorities, she explained.

“The chain of transmission will be stopped. So if someone has Ebola, we know exactly who they might pass it on to and those people will be brought early for treatment and transmission will be stopped,” Hall said.

It is estimated that 500 to 1,000 health workers are still needed in West Africa.

In many instances, health workers were overwhelmed by the sheer challenge of the outbreak, with reports of nurses and nursing assistants threatening to go on strike because of insufficient protective gear against infections; and of health workers being attacked by angry crowds as they try to bring to hospital the infected villagers.

“If the Philippines were able to send volunteers, that is extremely welcome. It’s very welcome because of the language, because of the skills and also because of the overwhelming response to the Haiyan from the international community, both in terms of coming here and the volumes of money that came through it from the NGOs,” Hall said.

“That’s also because so many people around the world are being cared for by Filipino nurses. The kindness of Filipino nurses around the world is very well recognized and the world wanted to support the Philippines when you had a crisis and if the Philippines is able to support, as I’m sure that it is already doing in terms of Filipios working in WHO, working in NGOs, ….. the support will be extremely welcome,” Hall said.

The skill, compassion and ability of Filipino nurses to cope with crisis situations was highlighted in recent months with the breakdown of law and order in Libya, where Philippine government teams sought to repatriate 12,000 OFWs, mostly in the health and construction sectors.

Many of the health professionals had stayed on even during the chaos following the death of strongman Muamar Khadafy, as employers promised to provide better terms to compensate for their risks. However, the Department of Foreign Affairs this time around imposed mandatory evacuation after various armed groups sowed mayhem in three cities hosting large numbers of Filipinos – Tripoli, Benghazi and Misrata.

PRC enjoins Filipino professionals in boosting PHL competitiveness for ASEAN 2015

BAGUIO CITY, Sep. 2 (PIA) – – Officials and representatives from key government agencies, academe, professional groups and other stakeholders from Northern and Central Luzon gathered  at the Summer Place Hotel here Friday, for a pre-summit conference for the 2nd Philippine Professional Summit   set on  October 15 – 16, 2013.

Spearheaded by the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC), in partnership with the Philippine Association of Professional Regulatory Board Members, Inc., the pre-summit  adopted  the theme, “Empowering the Professionals toward the ASEAN Economic Community 2015.

The activity  was aimed to  present the regional and national developments that will prepare the competitiveness of the Filipino professionals  in 2015.

The activity involved  plenary session and small group discussions  which specifically aims to provide an understanding on key concepts, principles and impact behind the recent regional and national developments  such as the ASEAN Mutual Recognition Arrangements, Philippine Qualifications Framework, ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework, Competitiveness Roadmaps of different Professions, Outcome-Based Education and the use of learning outcomes, and Continuing Professional Development. Moreover, to develop action plans to be implemented at professional levels, their organization and different government agencies for global competitiveness.

PRC Chairperson Teresita Manzala, in her keynote address, outlined  the importance of the insights, observations, concerns and ideas of the conference  participants  as their inputs will play a vital role in boosting the global competitiveness of the country and the Filipino professional workforce in preparation for the ASEAN Economic Community 2015 wherein there will be a free movement of goods, services, investments, capital and skilled workers, within and among the 10 ASEAN member countries.

She also challenged   the participants to have a change in mindset  now and boost their individual  as well as their institutions (for the academe) to boost their competitiveness  as by 2015 competencies in the ASEAN Economic Community  will be measured not on the competency of the educational institution where one came from but on outcome-base education and the use of learning outcomes.

“2015 is not tomorrow but now. We must change the mindset now and move to an offensive strategy so that we can gain from this new game that lies ahead of us”, Manzala stressed.

Manzala also pointed out the important role of every Filipino skilled worker and professional, not only in preparing the country for ASEAN Economic Community 2015, but also in the achievement of the Philippine Development Plan.

She  stressed that in a free-trade set-up, there will be no movement in goods, services, investments and capital without the skilled or professional workers that are doing most of the work and that  there is no part of the PDP  without   Filipino professionals  involved. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)