Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton is once again calling on the nations of the world to pay urgent attention to what he says is a global shortage of healthcare workers, especially specialist nurses.
He was speaking at the World Health Organization’s World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland this week.
Countries like the United Kingdom and Canada, have been heavily recruiting specialist nurses from Jamaica further depleting our cadre of such professionals.
Minister Tufton has advanced a collaborative effort between Jamaica and the UK, that would see the two countries training and sharing nurses to respond to the shortages affecting them.
He also called for greater cooperation at the regional and international levels to enable countries, including Jamaica, to move towards the provision of universal health coverage.
Minister Tufton also outlined Jamaica’s efforts in achieving universal health coverage.