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Filipino health workers wanted in Trinidad and Tobago

Filipino health workers wanted in Trinidad and Tobago

Posted by Shanelle Weir on February 24, 2014

Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean wants to bring in more hospital workers from the Philippines to improve delivery of health services to its people, the Philippine embassy in the US said. With the current government, headed by President Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona, placing health as its first priority, the Ministry of Health has been authorized to hire more workers, particularly from the Philippines, the embassy said in a statement Monday.

Health Minister Fuad Khan said they prefer Filipinos not only because of their English language skills but also because of their positive experience with an initial batch of doctors, nurses, and pharmacists brought into the country. Trinidad and Tobago has an urgent need for Filipino radiologists, ultrasound operators, medical technologists, pharmacists, and more nurses and doctors.

Carmona and other top officials of the country spoke highly of Filipinos, particularly the doctors and nurses who have working there. “We would like to express our gratitude to the Philippines for sharing with Trinidad and Tobago and the rest of the world its greatest resource—the Filipino people,” the Philippine embassy quoted Carmona as telling Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia after formally accepting him as Manila's non-resident envoy to Trinidad and Tobago last week.

“The Philippines has saved millions of lives across the globe by sending doctors, nurses and other health workers to other countries,” Carmona said.Cuisia said Carmona attested not only to the dedication and hard work of Filipinos, but also the kindness and loving care provided by doctors and nurses who attended to him and members of his family on a number of occasions.Other top officials of the Trinidad and Tobago shared Carmona's sentiments. In his meetings with Carmona and other officials, Cuisia conveyed Manila's desire to further strengthen relations with Trinidad and Tobago through technical and economic exchanges.

Cuisia also expressed the Philippine government's gratitude for the $100,000 that Trinidad and Tobago donated through the UN to support rehabilitation efforts in areas devastated by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

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