President Akufo-Addo has agreed to a request by the Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Amor Mottley, to send about 375 Ghanaian nurses to Barbados to work in a number of their government medical facilities.
The Barbadian Prime Minister stated that with Barbados facing an acute nursing shortage, it woud be prudent to have a wonderful opportunity of co-operation between the two countries.
This came to the fore when President Akufo-Addo and Prime Minister Mottley held bilateral talks on Friday, 14th June 2019, in Bridgetown, Barbados, after the Ghanaian leader paid a day’s working visit to that country.
"We have indicated that we are searching for just under 400 nurses, so it is not a small number, and we really do believe that this is a wonderful opportunity of co-operation between our two countries,” he said.
In addition, she noted that there was also an initial promise to secure the nurses, and provide joint education programmes going forward, all in an attempt to secure Barbados’ healthcare sector.
On his part, President Akufo-Addo indicated that Ghana had a surplus of nurses and their placement in hospitals have become a problem
“We have a surplus of nurses in Ghana, and placing them all in our public health system is one of my headaches. There have been a lot (of nurses) produced, which, for several years, we have not been able to do anything with,” he noted.
He added that upon his arrival in Ghana, the Barbadian Prime minister would hear from him regarding the issue on the nurses
As a demonstration of the close ties between Ghana and Barbados, the President expressed his commitment to the establishment of an Honorary Consulate in Barbados, with Barbados set to establish a High Commission in Accra by the end of 2019.
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