Over 40 more senior and experienced nurses from Solomon Islands recruited

Over 40 senior and experienced nurses from Solomon Islands will soon be dispatched to work in hospitals, clinics and dispensaries throughout Vanuatu following their arrival in Port Vila on Monday.

They are part of the second batch of Solomon nurses recruited by the Vanuatu Government to fill the nursing gap in Vanuatu.

Officials from the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the Public Service Commission (PSC) were at the airport to welcome them and their families.

The first batch of the Solomon nurses arrived in July this year.

Human Resource Officer of the MoH, Charlie Harrison, said Vanuatu will be getting another 26 nurses from Solomon at the end of this year.

”They will be working for two years on contract,” he said.

”They will be paid based on the local salary scale. Their contracts can be renewed depending on their performances.

”We (MoH) believe we will be able to increase the number of our own nurses by the time their contract ends.”

Mr Harrison said the ministry is planning to open a sub-center of the Vanuatu College of Nursing Education (VCNE) in Santo to boost the capacity of the institution in graduating nurses every year.

Currently, the nursing school is graduating only 30 nurses a year. This is not enough to meet the health needs of the people.

Another reason for recruiting foreign nurses is to meet the large retirement gap left in the health sector since 2017.

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