Trinidad hires 84 health care professionals from Grenada, Cuba and St. Vincent

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Trinidad hires 84 health care professionals from Grenada, Cuba and St. Vincent
READY TO ASSIST: A cross section of the foreign health care professionals who were present at yesterday’s orientation session hosted by the Ministry of Health at the Radisson Hotel, Wrightson Road, Port of Spain. —Photo: STEPHEN DOOBAY
READY TO ASSIST: A cross section of the foreign health care professionals who were present at yesterday’s orientation session hosted by the Ministry of Health at the Radisson Hotel, Wrightson Road, Port of Spain. —Photo: STEPHEN DOOBAY

TRINIDAD EXPRESS – Health minister Dr. Fuad Khan thanked about 84 health care professionals “who made the sacrifice and the decision to assist us and boost the local shortage” at an orientation for foreign health care professionals from Grenada, Cuba and St Vincent and the Grenadines, at Radisson Hotel, Wrightson Road, Port of Spain, yesterday.

Among those present were Allan Alexander, who delivered the invocation and Ministry of Health’s Gina Joseph, director, corporate communications and David Constant, director international co-operation desk. They were also joined by Clarice Modeste Minister of Health and Social Security, Grenada.

Khan said: “I am so honoured and delighted to welcome you everyone. Government is well aware of the acute shortage of healthcare professionals. At present, there is the need for over 2,000 nurses and 200 doctors. We are battling dengue and we are hoping to keep chickv away. We thank you for accepting an offer where we have need.”

Khan added: “The Ministry is enduring a long wait to open the District Health Facility on a 24 hours basis. I recognise the sacrifices. I want to say thanks for your decision to assist us and to gain practical experience. I leave you my personal best wishes.”

Khan also said major works were being done at the Children’s Hospital, Couva, and at the Chronic Disease Centre, Penal. He said: “We are going to need more doctors and nurses to make them fully operational. Plans will be introduced to further increase capacity. We propose to increase health sector capacity and promotion of medical careers while providing more opportunities for people to be trained.”

Asked about the package for the nurses, Khan said: “It will be the same (for our nurses). We are providing accommodation.”

During Modeste’s contribution, she lauded the move as tangible evidence of Caricom integration. She said: “This is evidence our Caricom integration process is continuing to deliver tangible benefits, through the freedom of movement for our nurses. Grenada is pellucid these are tangible steps in our integration process that will deepen our sense of Caribbeaness, which continues to be yearned for by our people.”

She added: “Today has a dynamic of its own since it promises personal development for the nurses, enhances the delivery of health care and acts as an opportunity to speed up the transformation of the health sector.”

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  1. The nurses association didn't speak out against the nurses going to Trinidad! Get the story straight. What I heard the president say was , why are we sending our nurses to trinidad when we need them..she went on further to say they should be employed rather than facilitate this sort of brain drain!

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    • i guess you really do not know the meaning of speaking out, if she is not for it then what is she ...against it obviously
      get your facts straight

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  2. i no longer see my nursing career in slu....we all should go to trinidad to fill that 2000 gap then kenny would be begging us to return home....in a matter of time...and trinidad promises a package that their current nurses are receiving and accomodation....wow...great place to work as a nurse mordenized health facilities and equiptment...better experienced indeed.

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  3. This is great news only y was there no St Lucian in this program n now crying about dismissal of health care givers wud up with tgat

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    • Remember the nurses association spoke out against this...smh..clearly some of us don't know what we want....and these union leaders just keep misleading their members

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      • There are no St Lucians because the Nurses Union didn't support it. In fact if I remember correctly, the Minister came out and made the announcement that we were spending a few nurses , but the unions response was that instead of sending our nurses to Trinidad, the ministry should provide positions here for them. I was wondering at the time whether these unions think about their members livelihood and enhancement. Unions are good to have - but a union can collapse progress. Perhaps they will send a batch to Trinidad after that story. We want employment, we want opportunities but when it is presented to us - we sit on our a$$$$ and complain about government.

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