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In an try to enhance the supply of public well being companies in Antigua and Barbuda, plans are being put in place to recruit quite a lot of nurses from Ghana.
Health Minister, Sir Molwyn Joseph, made the announcement to Cabinet throughout its weekly assembly on Wednesday.
Two weeks in the past, Barbados efficiently recruited over 100 English-speaking nurses from the West African nation who’ve been skilled to meet US requirements and have a number of years of expertise – all traits that bode properly for his or her potential introduction into the system right here in Antigua and Barbuda.
Local nurses have complained for a while a couple of lack of employees, and whereas there is no such thing as a phrase but on the variety of nurses that might make their means from Ghana to the dual island nation, the recruitment ought to go a way to fill the hole.
It can also be not clear what stage the recruitment course of is at, or when the brand new nurses will probably arrive within the nation – with the report saying solely that “the process has started”.
However, Chief of Staff within the Office of the Prime Minister, Lionel ‘Max’ Hurst, mentioned the nurses can be assigned to particular medical establishments primarily based upon necessity.
“We anticipate that they will fill some needs but may very likely be dispersed to the clinics as well as to the hospital and the emergency care centre that was established on Nugent Avenue,” he informed yesterday’s post-Cabinet press briefing.
“As you also know, we are building a new renal centre where the Edward Ward once stood at the Holberton Hospital and, in all likelihood, we are going to see some nurses with some competence in that particular area who will be able to assist those who are on dialysis,” Hurst mentioned.
He defined that the federal government can be “relying heavily on the Barbadian model” to map the way in which ahead on this regard.
Meanwhile, “a consultant is to be brought on board to draft a plan for making the nation’s polyclinics more efficient and better staffed,” the notes from Wednesday’s Cabinet assembly said.
This is meant to deal with the problem of many sufferers heading to the hospital for emergency care once they require pressing care as an alternative.
“The public clinics, therefore, are not being utilised for the purposes intended, because medical practitioners are frequently not present,” the notes added.
However, no timeline was given for when the consultancy would start, or when the modifications will take impact.
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