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Vice President Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday defended the government’s plan to import 500 nurses from Bangladesh and assured that all imported workers for the public sector will receive the same salaries and wages paid to Guyanese.

He said claims that foreigners will receive higher salaries than locals are fake and conjecture by the APNU opposition.

“It is patently false.

“They don’t know the contract… any person recruited from abroad to work in the public sector, their conditions of service will be no better than what Guyanese get.

“It will be comparable to what our people get for the particular skill,” Jagdeo, who was speaking at a party press conference said.

In February, the government appointed a Bangladeshi agency – Sigma Engineers Ltd. – for help with the recruitment of Bangladesh healthcare workers.

To date, no one has been recruited through Sigma Engineers Ltd. Inc as shortages are currently being filled by personnel from Cuba.

Jagdeo said those persons coming from Cuba are mostly for the private sector but noted that the public sector is already facing shortages of healthcare workers and would soon need more healthcare workers with 12 hospitals currently under construction.

Jagdeo said it is this shortage that justifies the need for foreign workers, not only for healthcare but across all sectors in the public and private sectors.

“We can’t just build hospitals and leave them without staff,” Jagdeo noted.

He also drew attention to the PNC-led opposition history on public servants and said the evolution of wages and salaries and condition of service in the public sector made the greatest progress under years PPP/C was in office.

He said comments at the PNC press conference on Thursday, headlined by Opposition Leader Aubrey Norton show the fake love the opposition has for public servants when their track record is fact-checked.

“It’s crocodile tears.”

Imported workers will receive the same salaries paid to Guyanese – Jagdeo – News Room Guyana

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Seems dem guys gonna have all the nursing help they need where in Canada things seem to be going backward with some emergency depts closing, doctor and nurse shortage, all sorta rass.

@cain posted:

Seems dem guys gonna have all the nursing help they need where in Canada things seem to be going backward with some emergency depts closing, doctor and nurse shortage, all sorta rass.

There has been a nursing shortage in Canada for decades.

Factors that contributed to a decrease in the supply side of the nursing workforce included "workloads, inadequate support staff, violence, stress, and burnout" that created an "unfavorable work environment", combined with problems with wages and management.

The Cubans are using Guyana as a spring board to Canada and the USA.


What abt the Cuban Drs?? Gy still having them like it was in the laten 70’s n 80’s??

I dont. Know the details but whni worked at GT hospital during this period, almost all the specialists were Cuban Drs housed in the PHG compound in 1 or 2 buildings.

I think there was some sort of Govt agreement between LFS n Castro…(Gyese getting scholarship to study medicine /dentistry in Cuba)

Many other specialists in the health sector like dentists, pathologists, hematologists, microbiologists.

these Drs were very nice n  humble n very ery helpful (n accessible)   N never charged a cent (ie took bribes)

I know that  2010, there were Cuban Drs at some of the cottage hospitals


The lack of planning by the PPP government is striking.  They are building hospitals and then look for staff abroad. The quality of health care is not buildings .  It is human resources. However, the Ali/Jagdeo regime is spending like drunken sailors on buildings while neglecting the development of skilled local workers. 


A qualified nurses in the US earns about 60,000 a year, a specialized nurses earns twice as much and might I add there is a shortage of nurse in the USA and Canada.

Why did the PPP/C close the Nursing School in Linden after 30 years?


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