AROUND 100 nurses have completed a program of the Department of Health (DoH) in partnership with Singapore’s Nanyang Polytechnic and Temasek Foundation, in order to upgrade the nursing profession in time for the Universal Health Care (UHC) Program which takes effect next year.

In a statement Thursday, the DoH said that it has concluded its two-year partnership with the Singapore institutions, which has produced 100 nursing graduates. DoH added that the graduates will also be training other health workers in the Philippines.

“Around 100 nurses from the different DoH retained hospitals across the country completed the program. But more health workers will benefit, as the participants were also trained to share their knowledge in their respective health facilities,” DoH said.

Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III said in a statement Thursday that the program is needed to improve health care services in the implementation of the UHC next year.

“The concluded partnership was a timely undertaking as our country gears toward the implementation of Universal Health Care,” Mr. Duque said.

This was the first international training program for nurses aimed to improve know-how in management, mental health, oncology, orthopedics and nursing pedagogy. — Gillian M. Cortez