By Michael Hammond
A deputy minister of health, Alexander Abban, has disclosed the reason behind the decision to send some Ghanaian nurses to Barbados.
In an interview, he stated that financial challenges compelled the government to heed to the request of the Barbadian Prime Minister, Mia Amor Mottley, Citinewsroom.com reports.
The decision to send the nurses was agreed to in principle by President Akufo-Addo, as part of discussions when he paid a visit to the country.
Addressing a press conference after a closed-door meeting, the two leaders agreed that the acute shortage of nurses in Barbados was vital and that Ghana is in the position to offer assistance.
Explaining the rationale behind the decision, Abban stated that challenges with respect to payment of salaries of the nurses were an important factor.
“Every decision that is taken, is done within the contents of a number of factors. Let us assume for the purpose of argument that we have nurses to population ratio, which is not adequate.
We also have to take into consideration the fact when they are absorbed, they should be paid, so you look at all these factors to see whether in the current circumstances, it will be more prudent to take that step to just unleash them into the work field and not be able to pay them,” he said.