9 out of 95 Ghanaian nurses dispatched to Barbados test positive for Covid-19

Acting Chief Medical Officer of Barbados has disclosed that nine of a team of Ghanaian nurses dispatched to work in Barbados have tested positive for Covid-19.

Dr Kenneth George in a statement said the nine are part of the country’s 12 new cases recorded last Saturday.

“All cases are asymptomatic,” the Doctor said at a press conference.

He told a news conference that of 248 tests conducted on Friday, 12 returned positive results.

Government in 2019 announced that 120 Ghanaian nurses have been selected to serve a two-year contract in Barbados under a Human Resources Agreement between the two countries.

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The team comprised 12 cardiac care nurses, 21 critical care nurses, eight emergency room nurses, six operating theatre nurses, three ophthalmic nurses, and 70 registered general nurses.

Ninety-five nurses were dispatched and arrived in Barbados on Thursday.

In line with Covid-19 protocols in many countries, on arrival travellers are mandated to take a test as part of measures to curtail the spread of the virus.

After the test, nine of the nurses tested positive.

“All of the nurses went into 14-days quarantine on arrival in Barbados,” he stated.

Barbados on Saturday recorded 12 new cases of Covid-19.

The new number sends its case count to 122 with 98 recoveries and 7 deaths.

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