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Grenada nursing shortage delays clinic openings

Grenada nursing shortage delays clinic openings

Grenada hopes to hire nurses from abroad to ease a severe shortage across the eastern Caribbean island.
Junior Health Minister Ann Peters says the shortage is delaying the opening of rural health clinics. She says she would consider hiring English-speaking nurses from St. Vincent or even the Philippines.
Peters says that even if the government were to accept 200 new students at the Grenada School of Nursing, it takes three years to become a registered nurse and four to become a midwife.
About 500 nurses work in Grenada, an island of 90,000 people.
Peters said Tuesday the main hospital often has only one or two nurses tending to more than 30 patients with help from a couple of nursing assistants and orderlies.


Updated : 2021-05-07 14:56 GMT+08:00