Olongapo SubicBay BatangGapo Newscenter

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Gordon’s bill means more doctors, nurses

By: Bernadette E. Tamayo - Journal

SEN. Richard Gordon yesterday batted for an increase in medical and health personnel in 43,000 public schools nationwide.

He said the absence of adequate medical facilities and the lack of health care personnel in public schools put elementary and high school students in greater health risks.

The senator said the public school system has only 154 medical officers, 617 school dentists, 3,254 school nurses, 570 dental aides, and 32 nutritionist-dietitians attending to more than 17 million public school pupils.

“When a child in school feels a simple headache but there are no nurses or medical officers who would attend to him, that simple ailment would affect him the whole day and he would not be able to listen well to the teacher and concentrate on the lessons,” Gordon said.

The senator said this problem could be addressed if his ``text-for-change” bill would be approved in Congress. The measure seeks to augment government resources to fill the gap in the health and education requirements by requiring telecommunications companies to remit part of their net income from local text messaging.

“When this bill is enacted into law, we will be able to hire enough doctors, nurses, dentists, and even nutritionists, who would look after the health needs of students. We will also build or upgrade school clinics and provide for regular vaccination and dental check-up programs,” Gordon said.

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