All Ghanaian nurses out of quarantine, five in isolation

All of the Ghanaian nurses who were in COVID-19 quarantine since arriving in Barbados on July 30 were discharged.

Of the 12 who tested positive for the viral illness and were in isolation, seven recovered and were discharged, while the other five continue to recover at Harrison Point, St Lucy.

The nurse who tested positive for malaria has also recovered and was discharged, said acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Kenneth George, in an update on Thursday.

“The Ghanaian nurses have completed three consecutive weeks of quarantine and have been certified COVID-19-free by the Ministry of Health and Wellness,” George said.  

He said the nurses moved out of the quarantine facilities and into private residences, and the process of orientation and registration with the Nursing Council of Barbados had begun.

The 95 nurses are in Barbados on a two-year assignment, in response to an outreach by the Barbados Government for specialists to bolster the complement in the public health sector.

They will be attached to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the Geriatric Hospital and the polyclinics.

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