95 Ghanaian nurses arrive in Barbados to help in COVID-19 fight

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Some 95 Ghanaian nurses have arrived in Barbados to help in their fight against COVID-19 as part of a two-year contract in the Caribbean nation.

The nurses arrived in Barbados on Thursday via a chartered flight.

The Ministry of Health in November announced that 120 Ghanaian nurses had been selected to serve a two-year contract in Barbados under a Human Resource Transfer Agreement between the two countries.

The 120, who were selected out of about 600 applicants, comprised of 70 registered general nurses, 21 critical care nurses, 12 cardiac care nurses, eight emergency room nurses, six operating theatre nurses and three ophthalmic nurses.

They were welcomed in Barbados by the Health Minister of that country, Lt. Col Jeffrey Bostic who described their arrival as a “momentous occasion in several ways.”

He noted that in spite of the challenges that confronted them over the last several months, he is pleased that the Ghanaian nurses had come fortify their health system.

“You have arrived in Barbados at a very, very opportune time because like you are aware, we are fighting the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

The Barbados nursing job initiative spawned from President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s visit to the Caribbean Island for bilateral talks with the Barbados Prime Minister, Mia Amor Mottley.

She expressed the need for Ghanaian nurses to solve their shortage of professional nurses.

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