The Nurses Association of Jamaica NAJ is calling on the government to employ more local nurses before seeking nurses from other countries.

President of the NAJ Patsy Edwards Henry told Nationwide News that although nurses have been employed by the Ministry of Health recently, the employment percentage is low in comparison to number of graduates.

Speaking at the Ministry of Health and Wellness Staff Welfare Programme Launch last Tuesday, Dr. Christopher Tufton said that the ministry will reach out to the Cuban government for additional nurses.

Mrs. Edwards Henry is emphasizing that she is not against the employment of Cuban nurses, however she is urging the government to make Jamaican nurses a priority.

She added that there is a culture barrier between the countries:

Mrs. Edward Henry noted that local nurses are not getting enough opportunity to work in their area of study.

The NAJ President says this issue was not caused by the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

She elaborated that with the outbreak of the pandemic, more nurses should have been employed:

Patsy Edwards Henry, President of the Nurses Association of Jamaica