Some 32 registered nurses approved for employment in neighbouring Trinidad and Tobago are expected to leave the island by the end of this month for their assignments.
Health Minister Dr Clarice Modeste Curwen told reporters at a press conference that some logistical arrangements have resulted in the delay of the nurses leaving Grenada to pick up their professional engagements in the neighbouring twin-island Republic.
The Health Minister said that some documents relating to the nurses were sent to Port-of-Spain but remained for sometime with the shippers and were eventually delivered personally by her two weeks ago.
She said she had received assurances that the documents are being processed and that within three weeks the authorities in Trinidad & Tobago would be ready to accommodate the local health professionals.
According to Minister Modeste-Curwen, the selected nurses are currently engaged in refresher courses and were granted a stipend by government to assist them with transportation cost until they migrate to Trinidad and Tobago.
The health minister gave a personal commitment to reporters to visit her Trinidadian counterpart to get a first-hand look at the conditions under which the Grenadian nurses would be housed.
Dr Modeste Curwen indicated that the arrangement worked out with Trinidad would see the local nurses receiving more salaries and allowances than nurses presently employed in
“They would be very favourably compensated … and the good thing is Trinidad is close, they can jump on a plane and come back to see their kids, see their family. I think it is a win-win situation,” she said.
The hiring of the registered nurses from Grenada follows a joint co-operation agreement signed between the two sister Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states to deal with a shortage of medically trained professionals in the twin-island republic.