Philippines bans medical staff from leaving to work abroad

MANILA — The Philippines has barred doctors, nurses and a host of other medical professionals from leaving to work overseas, as the country grapples with rising coronavirus cases.

The temporary ban will remain in effect until the national emergency is lifted, the immigration bureau said in a memorandum dated Thursday.

The prohibition covers a lengthy list of professions: micro and molecular biologists, medical technologists, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, X-ray technicians, nursing and laboratory assistants, health services supervisors and even hospital equipment repair personnel.

Every year, around 13,000 Philippine health care workers go abroad, aggravating a domestic shortage of 290,000, according to

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