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Cuban Nurses Joins Trinidad’s Health Sector

The Min­istry of Health says it is con­tin­u­ing its re­cruit­ment dri­ve of med­ical pro­fes­sion­als from the Re­pub­lic of Cu­ba with the re­cent in­take of 58 spe­cial­ist health­care pro­fes­sion­als.

The min­istry says this on­go­ing re­cruit­ment is part of its over­all strat­e­gy to ad­dress the short­age of ap­pro­pri­ate­ly qual­i­fied and ex­pe­ri­enced health pro­fes­sion­als in the pub­lic health sys­tem.

This is the sec­ond batch of Cuban na­tion­als who have been in­te­grat­ed in­to the pub­lic health sec­tor for 2019.

As with their pre­de­ces­sors, they have been con­tract­ed for a pe­ri­od of three years to fill va­can­cies that have not been filled by qual­i­fied na­tion­als.

Of the 58 health­care pro­fes­sion­als in this co­hort, 11 are phar­ma­cists and 47 are nurs­es who spe­cialise in the fields of Neona­tol­ogy, Haemodial­y­sis, On­col­o­gy, Ob­stet­rics, Neu­ro­surgery, Pae­di­atrics, Com­mu­ni­ty, Emer­gency and In­ten­sive Care.

They are cur­rent­ly un­der­go­ing a one-week ori­en­ta­tion and will join their col­leagues at the re­gion­al health au­thor­i­ties.

“The Min­istry of Health con­tin­ues to stead­fast­ly move to­wards the de­liv­ery of first-class health­care to the pub­lic, with the re­cruit­ment of qual­i­fied pro­fes­sion­als a key part of that goal,” the state­ment says.

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