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5,000 nurses fan out as wellness warriors Philippines

At least 5,000 nurses will soon be deployed in selected rural areas to help improve the health and hygiene of public school students, according to Education Secretary Jesli Lapus.

Each assured of P8,000 monthly stipend, the “warriors of wellness” form the second batch of nurses who have trained for rural health service under Project Nars 2 (Nurses Assigned in Rural Schools), Lapus said.

The first batch, also comprising 5,000 new nurses, have fanned out to the poorest municipalities under a similar project Nars 1 (Nurses Assigned to Rural Service), which President Gloria Arroyo launched last February.

In the first project, batches of five nurses each were assigned to the 1,000 poorest towns, after having completed a three-month work in rural health and another three months in hospital service.

In the second batch, the participants would act as roving nurses in district schools. Batch 2 nurses would have a two-day orientation starting today, Lapus said.

“These new nurses will surely bring us closer to our goal of providing our public schools access to basic health care,” Lapus said.

DepEd has developed the modules to assist registered nurses gain competencies that will make them “warriors of wellness,” Lapus said. The modules deal with primary health care, school nutrition, infection control, first line diagnosis, immunization and health education.

“These nurses will also conduct school visitations and provide preventive and remedial measures for simple and common ailments among the school population,” Lapus said. Read the complete original article here


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