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Nurse, educators, specialist nurses shortlisted for deployment

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Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton (right ) and Dr Yusuf Buba Yakubu, director general of the Nigerian Technical Aid Corps

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Jamaica is strengthening its collaboration with Nigeria as part of efforts to shore up the complement of healthcare workers in the public health system.

This comes as the Ministry of Health and Wellness moves to improve healthcare service delivery and increase human resources for health.

Both countries have exchanged technical support since 1989. Through the Agreement on the Technical Aid Corps (TAC) Programme, health specialists from Nigeria have been dispatched to work in Jamaica for an assigned period.

The agreement for technical workforce support was revisited today (Friday), during a meeting with Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Christopher Tufton and a delegation from Nigeria, led by Dr Yusuf Buba Yakubu, Director General of the Nigerian Technical Aid Corps (NTAC).

Already, eight professionals from Nigeria – including nurse educators in paediatric, neonatal, and mental health nursing, have been shortlisted fordeployment.

“The agreement through the Nigeria Technical Aid Corps is for persons to come to Jamaica, in this instance our immediate request is for trainers. There’s a request for trainers because part of the challenge with training more healthcare workers – nurses in particular, is that we don’t have the faculty,” the minister said.

During his Sectoral Presentation in Parliament on May 7, the Minister signalled the intent to further pursue the movement of skill and labour for improved public healthcare services.

“We have to do more to train and retain, including accepting that we also train for export, and this will have to include collaboration with external partners, including institutions outside of Jamaica,” the minister said.

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