BY MAVIS N. PODOKOLO
SEVENTY-EIGHT newly graduated nurses are in the process of being recruited, with some ex-pecting to start duties today.
Pauline McNeil, Permanent Secretary to Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS), said this is necessary to fill in the gaps.
“Going forward to fill in the gaps my team at the Ministry and the National Nursing council headed by Michael Larui are in the process of signing the contracts for 78 new graduates and the signing started on Friday, October 30,” McNeil said.
“We have already made submissions to the Ministry of Public Services two weeks ago to fast-truck the recruitment of the 78 new graduates,” she added.
McNeil said because of the urgency their contracts were fast tracked on Friday.
“We are also moving forward to bring on our 15 recently retired nurses on board to mentor and coach these new recruits.”
National Director of Nursing, Michael Larui said he met the new graduates on Saturday and briefed them about what’s expected of them.
He said they will distribute the nurses to the National Referral Hospital and clinics in Honiara while others will serve in covid-19 operations.