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Kuwait Health Team Visits India to Recruit Nurses

A dearth in nursing staff has been persistently dogging the Health Ministry. It is aggravated by the trend where nurses leave the country after working at the country’s medical facilities. These nurses, mostly Asians, use the country’s hospitals as a transit route to better opportunities. They utilize the experience gained here as a passport to work in other GCC countries, Europe or even the United States where they receive better privileges. During the past few years, the Ministry blamed this phenomena on the low salaries paid to them.

However, raising wages has failed to prevent nurses from leaving. Therefore, the Ministry should now find fool-proof solutions to all the problems that they face, reported Al-Qabas. Furthermore, the Ministry should treat them with care, given the pivotal role they play, the paper reported.

Keeping the situation in view, Ministry has referred a delegation to recruit nurses from India. It plans to recruit 600 nurses from the state of Kerala and Delhi. The announcement was made by the Assistant Undersecretary for Allied Medical Services Dr Qais Al-Duwairi.

He said that the Ministry has been working toward covering shortages and meeting future requirements by increasing bed capacity by 2,000 during the next two years, in addition to ingoing expansion plans. He said that the ministry will hire 150 nurses from Sri Lanka and the Philippines and 140 nurses from Egypt, reported Aljarida.

Meanwhile, officials said that several non-Kuwaiti doctors have tendered their resignation, including twelve who resigned from the Farwaniya and Al-Sabah hospitals. Even though doctors from Egypt and India are being employed at present, noticeably fewer doctors are interested in pursuing their careers in Kuwait.

In a related development, the Ministry has recently referred a letter to the Civil Service Commission(CSC) requesting to reduce the time period within which the PhD physicians can be promoted to three years, from the present four, reported Al-Qabas. Also, it requested that a solution be found to the problem where physicians who hold bachelor degrees work as practitioners in hospitals and polyclinics.

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