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Barbados Prime Minister Meets Ghanaian President To Request More Nurses by Peculiar005: Fri Oct 2021 12:20pm
The nursing complement in Barbados will be receiving a much needed injection in the near future.

While addressing the nation's COVID concerns in a press conference on Saturday, Prime Minister Mia Mottley disclosed that she met with Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo on Tuesday while attending the 76th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and requested additional nurses to supplement the void in the island's healthcare system.

"We thanked him for the support with respect to the Ghanaian nurses in Barbados and we are thankful particularly, during the course of this pandemic," remarked Mottley.

"We noted as well . . . we do have a request for additional nurses and we expect that request will be processed in the upcoming weeks. We have now to work out the details of exactly how many and to recognise exactly where we will deploy them," she revealed.

In July 2020, 95 nurses from the Republic of Ghana arrived in Barbados on a two-year assignment to bolster the nursing complement locally. The nurses were attached to the QEH, the Geriatric Hospital and polyclinics across the island.

A contingent of 101 medical experts from Cuba also came to the island to assist in efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

The Prime Minister reported that 48 of the Cuban nurses have left the island and a complement of 20 were recruited as replacements. She stated that the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) has stepped up to the plate in light of the deficient.

"The deficit that is there, is being taken up by the Barbados Defence Force and others in the swabbing areas. Therefore, we are still in a position to effectively manage our output with respect to the nurses," Mottley stated.

Source: Barbados Loop

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