The Ministry of Health in Ghana has sent 95 nurses to Barbados two serve a two-year contract in the Caribbean country. The nurses arrived in Barbados on Thursday evening through a chartered flight. The nurses are expected to work in the country’s government hospitals including Queen Elizabeth hospital to help lift the health sector in the country.
When the ministry informed nurses that there was an opportunity to travel to the Caribbean country more than 600 nurses applied but only 120 were picked. After the interview travel arrangements were then done for the nurses who will be in the country for not less than 2 years. The nurses were received in Barbados they the country’s minister for Health Lt Col Jeffrey Bostic. The happy Bostic noted that: “This is a momentous occasion in several ways. In spite of the challenges that would have confronted us over the last several months to get to this point, the moment has finally come and I want to say it is a pleasure. You have arrived in Barbados at a very, very opportune time because like you are aware, we are fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“We have the remainder of the health care sector to take care of even though we are fighting this battle and your presence here today and certainly when you start to work here in a couple of weeks, would enhance our capacity to deliver the quality healthcare services that we have been doing for years and that we will continue to do.”
The decision to send nurses to work in Barbados was arrived at after President Akufo-Addo help talks with the Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Amor Motley who requested him to send nurses to help improve the healthcare sector in his country. President Akufo-Addo accepted the requests and interviews were scheduled.