542 nursing volunteers active in epidemic prevention
The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) stated on the 14th that currently, 20,000 people in Taiwan need to conduct home quarantine. To provide timely counseling and assistance during home quarantine, the Department of Nursing and Health Care of the Ministry of Health and Welfare particularly recruits professional nursing volunteers. 542 people have signed up and assigned by the CECC to launch the "Call Center" for the epidemic. Since 8:30 a.m. on the 14th, they have started providing their professional care and counseling call.
The CECC stated that those nursing professionals provide care services for several aspects including home quarantine, physical and mental condition, core health education for epidemic prevention, and principles for seeking medical treatment, and it also provides other resources, such as 1925 hotline.
The CECC indicated that the Department of Nursing and Health Care sent out a message on Feb. 4 to recruit nursing professionals through the Line group, and 542 volunteers showing their great concern on epidemic prevention supported it right after. The nursing volunteers are predominantly female, accounting for about 92%, of which 78 % are still at work, and 22% are not. About 12% to 13% of them are available from Mondays to Fridays, around 18% to 19% of them can provide services on weekends, and 26 % of volunteers can work on the night shift (from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.). The CECC also showed their sincere gratitude to those nursing professionals who have provided great supports and care for people in home quarantine and fought against the virus.