- The government of Barbados has indicated that Ghanaian nurses exported to help their public healthcare system have been impressive so far
- The nurses, who have been stationed at both clinics and hospitals, are doing a marvellous job of revolutionising the healthcare system of Barbados
- This paints the continent of Africa is a positive light overseas and reinforces the notion of the quality of healthcare on the continent
According to Colonel Jeffrey Bostic, Barbados's Minister of Health and Wellness, the Ghanaian nurses assigned to various health facilities in the Carribbean country are doing marvellously well.
Some of the nurses are stationed at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) while others have been posted to polyclinics.
The minister made this known while addressing the Barbados Labour Party’s (BLP) political meeting on October 5, 2020. The government of Ghana in July 2020, exported some 95 nurses to the Caribbean country to assist with healthcare delivery and health-related programmes.
49 female and 46 male nurses left the shores of Ghana to Barbados in fulfilment of a memorandum of understanding signed between the two countries. While speaking at the political function, Colonel Jeffrey Bostic is reported to have said:
“I am happy to report that, within the next few weeks, now that we have brought 95 nurses from Ghana here who are now into the public health system working and at the QEH, that we are going to extend the opening hours of the polyclinic at St John from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week in the first instance, before we go the full 24 hours,”
QEH’s executive chairman, Juliette Bynoe-Sutherland, is also reported to have indicated that 46 Ghanaian nurses are now working in the country after they underwent some vigorous training.
She is noted to have said:
“The nurses have completed their orientation and have started working in their various speciality areas across the hospital, and they have been so far well-received. So far, we have had no complaints [or] negative feedback associated with those nurses.”
Mrs Bynoe-Sutherland added that each nurse from Ghana had been assigned a Barbadian nurse who would support them in their adaptation to the new environment and new culture.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported on a young man who qualified as both a nurse and a doctor. Shadrach Dare, a gentleman who was born and bred in Ghana, has revealed that he became both a doctor and a nurse in an interesting turn of events.
In a post sighted by Briefly.co.za on his personal Facebook handle, Shadrach indicated that his journey to becoming both started with confusion back in 2007.
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