ZAMBOANGA CITY – The city government is hiring an additional 165 personnel to fill in the vacancies for its coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) response program.
Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar said Wednesday the hiring of workers forms part of the city government’s effort to help public and private hospitals that are overburdened by the surge in Covid-19 cases in the city.
Salazar said the city is in urgent need of 12 medical officers, 46 nurses, 13 medical technologists, and 94 job order workers for a total of 165 personnel.
“Additional personnel will be hired in light of the increasing Covid-19 cases that resulted to lack of manpower in hospitals and isolation facilities,” she said.
She said the city government has hired a total of 259 workers from July to October this year to help in the Covid-19 response efforts, including contact tracing, amid the pandemic.
Those hired were 220 contact tracers, 32 nurses, four medical technologists, and three medical officers.
She said the next batch of workers to be hired will be assigned to the local government unit-administered isolation facilities.
As of October 25, this city has recorded 20,285 total confirmed cases of Covid-19, with 16,952 recoveries, 2,434 active cases, and 899 deaths.
Most of the active cases are asymptomatic with 74.5 percent; mild symptoms, 17.7 percent; moderate, 3.2 percent; severe, 4.2 percent; and, critical, 0.4 percent. (PNA)