The Ministry of Health has debunked claims that the 95 nurses sent to deliver healthcare in Barbados were not tested for Covid-19 before leaving the country.
This comes after the Acting Chief Medical Officer of Barbados, Dr. Kenneth George disclosed that during their mandatory testing on arrival, 9 out of the 95 nurses tested positive for the virus.
“We have 12 positive cases, all remain asymptomatic – nine of those persons are from Ghana- those are the nurses who arrived on Thursday, the other 86 who came from Ghana all tested negative – all of the nurses went into 14-days quarantine on arrival,” he said at a press conference.
In reaction to this development, Public Relations Officer of the Ministry, Elorm Ametepe told ABC News the information from Barbados is news to Ministry, adding that due diligence was followed before the nurses were dispatched.
“We all heard of this information in the media – nothing has been communicated to us officially from Barbados – but all the nurses were tested before the left Ghana,” he stated.
He added that the Ministry will publicly address the matter soon.
Government in 2019 announced that Under a Human Resources Agreement between the Ghana and Barbados, Ghanaian nurses will be sent to deliver health care in Barbados. The team comprises of cardiac care nurses, critical care nurses, registered general nurses, emergency room nurses, , ophthalmic nurses, and operating theater nurses.