First batch of SI nurses Vanuatu-bound
Quoting the Solomon Star newspaper – 31 July 2019
“THE first batch of 28 local nurses recruited by the Vanuatu Government jetted out of the country on Monday to take up their new jobs.
“Most of them will spend two years under a contract working in various clinics and hospitals around Vanuatu.
“The recruitment of local nurses will fill the huge retirement gap left in Vanuatu’s health sector since 2017.
“Currently, there are fewer nurses in Vanuatu because the Vanuatu College of Nursing Education (VCNE) produces only 30 nurses each year, Vanuatu’s Director General (DG) of the Ministry of Health (MOH) George Taleo revealed.
“The issue of nurse staff shortage is a national issue in Vanuatu but the issue is extremely significant in rural areas, said DG Taleo.
“This is not the first time for Vanuatu to recruit nurses from Solomon Islands. The first recruitment was in 2012.
“Mr Taleo added the Solomon nurses are doing a great job serving in the remote areas.
“According to the DG, Vanuatu’s MOH has requested over Vt180 million (US$1.5 million) through the Council of Ministers (COM) to hire over 70 Solomon nurses as part of the whole batch.”
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