ST.GEORGE’S, Grenada, Friday February 5, 2016 – Grenadian nurses could be working in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the next two months.
That’s according to Health Minister Nickolas Steel who made the disclosure after a recent trip to Dubai where he had discussions with his UAE counterpart.
“We have come to an agreement on the way forward for Grenadian nurses being able to seek employment in the United Arab Emirates,” he said.
Minister Steele said the agreement made was on a reciprocal basis.
“We will facilitate with the Ministry of Health provisions of qualifications from the UAE and Grenada will have to accept qualifications of UAE trainers. I do not think, though, that we would have an issue of Emirates wanting to come here to seek employment, but what is being agreed upon is that this will be reciprocal,” he explained.
The health minister also disclosed that an official from the UAE is one of two foreign experts who are in Grenada to assist the country in its testing for the mosquito-borne Zika virus.
The other is a representative from the Paris-based Women and Health Association International.
“We will start with pregnant women first off and anyone who may show symptoms of Zika, but what needs to be recognized is that four out of every five people that would get Zika would not show any symptoms. So we want to make sure that we protect first off pregnant women, mothers to be,” Steele said.
Zika has been linked to a birth defect called microcephaly. Thousands of babies have been born in Brazil to women who contracted Zika while pregnant. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) has stressed that the link has not been scientifically proven.
However, the United States Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and some countries have advised pregnant women and women who are trying to get pregnant not to visit any of the 20-plus countries where the virus has been confirmed.