Grenada is looking to recruit nurses from Cuba as a stop-gap to stem the flow of Grenadian nurses leaving for better opportunities abroad, mostly in the UK.
Health Minister Nickolas Steele said a delegation from the Ministry interviewed 100 individuals in Cuba, with the government seeking 20 to 40 nurses in various specialties.
He said it is unfortunate that Grenada is losing some of its nurses for better opportunities, however, the government must ensure a proper complement of nurses is still present to serve the Grenadian citizens. Meanwhile, Grenadian police have launched an investigation into reports that passports are being sold illegally. Acting Police Commissioner Edvin Martin said that the allegations warrant a probe. International Business Minister Nickolas Steele has denied the reports. Grenada is among several Caribbean islands that promote the Citizenship by Investment Programme through which foreign investors, who make a substantial financial contribution to their socio-economic development, are granted citizenship.