BY MAVIS N PODOKOLO
THE Ministry of Health and Medical Services has received new appointments from the Ministry of Public Service for 110 new nurses’ positions.
National Director of Nursing from the Ministry of Health and Medical Services Michael Larui confirmed this to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) during its hearing on Wednesday.
“Ministry of Public Service has supported us with new appointments for 110 positions and this is for permanent recruitment.
“These nurses are those that are temporarily recruited by the Ministry before community transmission was recorded in Honiara,” Larui said.
He said this will help the ministry health in terms of further strengthening their normal services.
Lauri said the ministry’s response effort will continue up and running by nurses who were recruited under casual base.
He adds that 150 applications were sent but only 110 positons were given.
Larui said there are some submissions that are incomplete due to some of the nurses being stranded in their home provinces because of community transmission and so they were unable to submit their applications.
“We already have discussions with the Ministry of Public Services that by June this year another batch of submissions will go in including doctors to increase the number of staff for the purpose of our response effort,” he said.