Grenada seeking Cuban nurses
Grenada is looking to recruit nurses from Cuba as a stop-gap to stem the flow of Grenadian nurses leaving for better opportunities abroad, mostly in the UK.
At a Post Cabinet news conference, Health Minister Nickolas Steele said a delegation from the Ministry interviewed 100 individuals in Cuba, with the government seeking 20 to 40 nurses in various specialties.
He said it is unfortunate that Grenada is losing some of its nurses to first world nations, however, the government must ensure a proper complement of nurses is still present to serve the people of Grenada.
Minister Steele explained additional health workers are being sought from Cuba, as nurses leaving Grenada are more experienced, and graduates now entering the system are lacking that important trait.
The Grenadian Health Minister said: “We have to do like Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua, and St Lucia and look outside the region for nurses.”
The cost to hire the nurses has not been finalized.
Meanwhile, the Healthy Caribbean Coalition has congratulated Grenada for its recent ban on sugar products in educating facilities.
Health Minister Nickolas Steele said while at an older age some habits are difficult to change, it is easier to get the young ones to adapt to certain tastes and practices that could result in healthier lifestyles.
Minister Steele said: “We are plagued like other Caribbean countries with non-communicable diseases which stem from the abuse of sugar, obesity as well as heart conditions.”
Grenada’s government will continue to place pressure on its public awareness campaigns to promote healthier lifestyles.