The Ministry of Health (MoH) has finally confirmed that some 120 Ghanaian nurses out of the almost 600 applicants have been selected to serve a two-year contract at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados.
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Before arriving at the final number for the Barbados nursing job, the ministry and officials from Barbados conducted a series of interviews to shortlist the applicants.
Public Relations Officer of the ministry, Elorm Ametepe, in an interview said all the 598 nurses applied for the opportunity out of which 150 of them passed to be shortlisted.
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“The final number of nurses to be engaged was not reached solely by the Ministry but in consultation with representatives and the Government of Barbados,” he added.
He said the total number includes 12 cardiac care nurses, 21 critical care nurses, eight emergency room nurses, six operating theatre nurses, three ophthalmic nurses and 70 registered general nurses.
The Barbados nursing job initiative came to the fore when President Nana Akufo-Addo in June 2019, paid a day’s working visit to the Carribean island and held bilateral talks with the Barbados Prime Minister, Mia Amor Mottley, where she expressed the need for Ghanaian nurses to solve its shortage of professional nurses in hospitals.
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In other news, the Deputy National Youth Organiser of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Eric Edem Agbana has threatened to take legal action against the Student Loan Trust Fund for mentioning him as one of the defaulters.
The management of Student Loan Trust Fund on November 21, 2019, made public the first batch of loan defaulters whose arrears dated as far back as 2010.
In a series of posts on his Facebook posts dated November 25, 2019, Agbana disputed the credibility of the list and stated emphatically that he does not owe SLTF and will not sweep the issue under the carpet as a mere mistake.
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