MANILA, Philippines — The postponed Doctor Licensure Examination (PLE) in Metro Manila initially set in September ought to be rescheduled for the final two weeks of November this 12 months, Sen. Richard Gordon stated Thursday.
Gordon made the attraction to the Inter-Company Job Power (IATF) for the Administration of Rising Infectious Ailments, the Skilled Regulation Fee (PRC), the Board of Medication, and different stakeholders.
In a privilege speech, Gordon cited the newest COVID-19 surge projections that he stated confirmed a “window of alternative” in November when reported COVID-19 circumstances “could go under” 20,000 per day.
“We additionally know that we, as a individuals, cherish our Christmas seasons. It’s only affordable to anticipate extra human journey as we close to towards Christmas or December 25. Such an elevated fee of human journey in December 2021 comes with it the upper chance of tremendous spreader occasions that would result in one other surge of infections,” he stated.
“This illustration, based mostly on scientific projections, proposes that there’s a window of alternative over the last two weeks of November 2021, or on November 20 and 21; and 27 and 28, for the PRC to conduct the PLE,” he identified.
In making his name, Gordon pointed to the newest statistics that confirmed that the nation’s present doctor-to-patient ratio is simply 2.5 to 2.8 medical doctors for each 10,000 sufferers.
“This doesn’t look good, particularly on this pandemic,” Gordon harassed.
In accordance with Gordon, if the PLE is held in November, a minimum of 1,700 medical graduates would grow to be medical doctors by the tip of the 12 months.
On Sept. 9, the PRC introduced the postponement of the PLE in Metro Manila as the world remained beneath a modified enhanced group quarantine till Sept. 15.
The PRC stated affected examinees could take the “subsequent succeeding examination with out forfeiture of their examination charges.”
The PLE is held twice a 12 months in March and September. In 2020, the September board exams have been postponed to November.
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