MANILA, Philippines --- More than 3,000 doctors and nurses from other countries are set to be hired by the Sultanate of Oman, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said yesterday.
Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the hiring is in response to a projected shortage of medical professionals in that country.
Philippine Ambassador to Oman Joselito Jimeno, in his report to Baldoz, quoted the Minister of Health (MOH) of Oman, Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Obaid al-Saidi, as saying that the Sultanate is facing a shortage of around 8,900 doctors and nurses going to 2015.
In a meeting on February 26, 2012, Jimeno said Minister al-Saidi conveyed his country's intentions to hire more nurses from the Philippines, particularly nurses specializing in obstetrics, gynecology, anesthesiology, surgery (neuro and cardio), intensive care, and psychiatrics.
The report, furnished the DOLE, said Oman's Ministry of Health announced it will hire 3,288 doctors and nurses from other countries in response to this projected shortage.
Jimeno said the Oman MOH will need 4,464 doctors by 2015, but can only source 1,176 of them locally. In terms of nurses, 5,598 will be hired abroad, he further said.
To meet these needs, Jimeno said Oman's state budget for health was increased by 9.4 percent for 2013.
Records at the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) show that OFW deployment in Oman reached 15, 868 in 2012, with 10,291 rehires and 5,577 new hires.