The Philippine government is now allowing the ‘limited practice’ of medical graduates to help battle the country’s COVID-19 crisis. These medical graduates are those who have graduated from medical school, but haven’t passed the board exams yet.
Last Tuesday, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said that these guidelines were approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) last Monday. In the virtual press conference, Nograles mentioned that these special authorizations should only be issued as a last resort.
He added, “any authorization shall only be effective for the duration of the state of public health emergency in the Philippines, unless earlier withdrawn by the IATF, upon recommendation of the DOH.”
This news also comes after the government has temporarily banned the deployment of Philippine health care workers abroad. As of writing, there have been 5,223 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines, with 335 deaths and 295 recoveries.
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