The Ministry of Health, Wellness, Human Services and Gender Relations on August 21 held the opening ceremony to commence a two-day Orientation Exercise for St. Lucian nurses being recruited for employment in Trinidad and Tobago.
The orientation seeks to provide St. Lucia nurses with employment opportunities in Trinidad and Tobago to better improve their knowledge and skills in the health sector.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Chief Nursing Officer Dr. Oscar Ocho of Trinidad and Tobago said: “We are indeed extremely pleased to be a part of this exercise. This is an ongoing exercise especially since it’s a part of Caricom with the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME). It is really a vehicle in which we can have cross-fertilisation of experiences, so you definitely will not be the last group of Caribbean nurses.”
Dr. Ocho explained that they are many people in the Caribbean who are looking for opportunities.
“We hope that with your presence here, that will be an indication of your willingness not to leave your country permanently, but to gain some requisite experience that could be translated later on for the development and expansion of your own health system,” Dr. Ocho told the interviewees.
He thanked the Government of St. Lucia and the rest of the team for seeing it fit to allow the Trinidad and Tobago government to be a part of professional development experience in St. Lucia.
Minister of Health, Wellness, Human Services and Gender Relations, Alvina Reynolds, said: “It’s a Caribbean vision; it is a plan for health not only in Trinidad and Tobago, but health in St. Lucia as a Caribbean Community (CARICOM). We are sharing knowledge and experience and seeing how we can improve on knowledge, skill and what is most important to me is the health sector attitude.”
This is an opportunity for the nurses, Reynolds noted, to work alongside experienced and new nurses from across the region from Grenada, St. Vincent, Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago. She said that with a country as large as Trinidad, there is so much that the nurses can gain in terms of experience and culture.
She urged the officials from Trinidad and Tobago to take good care of the nurses.
“We really are excited about this initiative. I trust that it will be a fruitful.” Reynolds added.