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16.11.2019 Presidency

Support for our Health System by Ghana Very Timely - Barbados Prime Minister to President Akufo-Addo

By Simon A. Tetteh
Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Amor Mottley
NOV 16, 2019 PRESIDENCY
Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Amor Mottley

Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Amor Mottley, has registered her country's deep appreciation of Ghana for agreeing to assist her country with nurses to deal with the shortfall of health caregivers in her Barbados.

Madam Mia Amor Mottley, said this at the Jubilee House when she held bilateral talks with President Akufo-Addo as part of her official State visit to Ghana.

"With respect to the concrete actions, I am very happy today to have with us the Chairman of the Queen Elizabeth hospital board who herself has been leading a delegation here in Ghana, Accra, for the last ten (10) days interviewing nurses and Mr. President I want to formally in Accra, thank you because it was at Larcourt when you visited Barbados that we agreed that your government will assist us in being able to fill the void that we have inherited at home with respect to the provision of nursing care" Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley stated.

"This perhaps is one of the most important things that we as a government will have to complete in order to guarantee the quality of health care that we want for our citizens" Madam Mia Amor Mottley added.

*President Akufo - Addo*

During a visit to Barbados in June 2019, President Akufo-Addo, in principle agreed to send some Ghanaian nurses to the Caribbean Nation to support that country’s health system. About 375 nurses will be considered for this cooperation. President Akufo-Addo in his remarks welcomed the visiting Prime Minister to Ghana and wished her a pleasant stay. He indicated that his administration believes that it is "time to build the bridge across the Atlantic with our kith and kin both in the Americas and the Caribbean".

"We have to find the measures and the mechanisms to enable us to reach out across the Atlantic to solidify and build on that relationship" President Akufo-Addo said.

"The fundamental principle is to recognize that we are in the same boat. We are in the same boat imposed on us by history, by race, by geography and our responsibility as political leaders is to maximize the possibilities and potential of these linkages to build a better life for our peoples" President Akufo - Addo added.

*Joint Press Conference*

As part of the visit, the two leaders held a joint press conference at the foyer of the Jubilee House. President Akufo-Addo, when he took his turn to address same indicated that the visiting Prime Minister will be participating in the Damba festival in the Northern Region tomorrow, 16th of November 2019, which has not been celebrated well over 16 years due to the chieftaincy crisis that bedeviled the region for nearly twenty years. Prime Minister Mottley in her statement said the two agreements that have been signed between Ghana and Barbados on a collaboration between the Tema Port and the Bridgetown Port, as well as the supply of nurses to Barbados by Ghana, is a sign that the relationship between Africa and the Caribbean has been renewed.

*The State of Barbados*

Barbados is an island country in the southeastern Caribbean Sea, situated about 160 km east of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Roughly triangular in shape, the island measures some 32 km from northwest to southeast and about 25 km from east to west at its widest point. The capital and largest town is Bridgetown, which is also the main seaport. Around the island are beaches, botanical gardens, the Harrison’s Cave formation, and 17th-century plantation houses like St. Nicholas Abbey. Local traditions include afternoon tea and cricket, the national sport.

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