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PAHO wants more trained nurses in the Caribbean

Published:Wednesday | May 13, 2015 | 5:27 PM

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is calling for more nurses in the Caribbean and the Americas to be trained to provide skilled care.

It is also urging that steps be taken to address what it describes as inequities in nurse distribution and the problem of out-migration.

PAHO says about 42 per cent of nursing positions in the English-speaking Caribbean are vacant due to migration.

The health organisation says the shortages of nursing personnel, presents an obstacle to achieving the goal of universal health access and coverage for all people in the Americas.

According to the World Health Organization, about 23 doctors, nurses and midwives are needed for every 10,000 inhabitants to provide essential health services.