THE nation is recruiting extra nurses to refill the vacant positions for well being staff nation-wide.
This was revealed by the Minister of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) Dr Culwick Togamana yesterday in Parliament throughout the Committee of Supply to scrutinize the ministry’s price range for this 12 months.
He revealed this in response to a query raised by the Leader of Opposition whether or not there’s a demand for nursing within the nation.
In response, Minister Togamana stated the ministry wants 321 nurses to fill the vacant positions underneath the ministry.
He stated as a part of the recruitment course of the ministry has recruited 114 nurses in February and 12 skilled nurses who’ve lately returned from Vanuatu.
He added by June about 300 nurses who will probably be finishing their internship will probably be formally recruited.
“By June this year about 426 nurses will be formally recruited to fill the vacant positions, more than the amount we need,” he stated.
The minister stated the demand for nurses to work across the nation is rarely a scarcity.
“It’s the funding that is a challenge,” he stated.
Minister Togamana stated the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed the demand for brand new recruitment.
Member of Parliament (MP) for West Are’Are John Maneniaru has acknowledged the ministry for the replace describing it as assuring to the nation.
By MOFFAT MAMU