Germany to import nurses from Ghana
London, Nov. 6, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Germany is considering the importation of trained nurses from Ghana to help in the provision of proper healthcare in that country.
Dietnar Brockes, Chairman of the Committee for European and International Affairs, State Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia, Federal State of Germany, made the disclosure in Kumasi when he led a delegation to the Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) on visit to mayor of Kumasi, Osei Assibey-Antwi.
According to him, Germany doesn’t have adequate nurses to attend to patients currently and since Ghana has nurses in abundance, it would consider importing nurses from Ghana
“Germany is in need of nurses so exchange programme in this area will be a win-win for both Germany and Ghana.” .
Mr. Brockes was speaking with the Kumasi MCE when the two dignitaries discussed possible avenues where Ghana and Germany could work together.
He said his delegation, during their visit to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), realized that it was possible for KATH to start the exchange of nurses with Germany.
According to him, Germany boasts of modern technology and equipment in healthcare delivery but their nurse-to-patients ratio was not the best, hence the need to rely on Ghana for supply of nurses.
Mr. Brockes also called for improved co-operation between universities in Ghana and Germany, noting that the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) was doing well.
Ghana struck a similar arrangement in January with the carribean nation of Barbado. Under the arrangement, Ghana is to send 375 qualified nurses to the country to work in a number of government medical facilities to address the acute shortage of skilled caregivers.
The arrangement was reached after a request was made to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo by the Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Amor Motley during bilateral discussions between the pair in Barnadian capital of Bridgetown.
President Akufo-Addo was in that country on a day’s working visit as part of a five Carribean nation tour aimed at promoting the “Year of Return” 2019, a major landmark event to be used as a bridge to build stronger ties between Ghana, those on the Continent, and the African Diaspora.
The working state visits of the five carribean nations have already taken the President to Guyana, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, as well as Trinidad and Tobago. He will also visit Jamaica.
Addressing a joint News conference after bilateral talks, the Barbadian Prime Minister stated that her country was searching for just 400 nurses, “so it is not a small number, and we really do believe that this is a wonderful opportunity of co-operation between our two countries.”
On his part, Mr. Assibey-Antwi described Kumasi as the business hub of Ghana calling on Germany and other foreign investors to visit the city and invest there.
According to him, about 3 million out of the Ashanti Region’s 5 million population live in Kumasi, adding that the city boasts of everything that is needed for businesses to boom.
He said there is congestion in Kumasi and so potential investors from Germany could invest in high-rise car parks and housing projects and make more profits in the process.
Still explaining why he believes Kumasi is the ideal place to invest, he said “Kumasi is centrally located, the city is peaceful, the people are friendly and there are more areas to do business here”.