Ghana To Export Nurses To Germany

GERMANY IS set to consider the importation of trained nurses from Ghana to help in the provision of proper healthcare in that country.

Dietnar Brockes, Chairman of the Committee for European and International Affairs, State Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia, Federal State of Germany, made the disclosure in Kumasi when he led a delegation to the Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) of Kumasi, Osei Assibey-Antwi.

According to him, Germany doesn’t have adequate nurses to attend to patients currently and since Ghana has nurses in abundance, it would consider importing nurses from Ghana, saying “Germany is in need of nurses so exchange programme in this area will be a win-win for both Germany and Ghana.” He said in Deutch language and it was translated into English by a translator.

Mr. Brockes was speaking with the Kumasi MCE when the two dignitaries discussed possible avenues where Ghana and Germany could work together.

He said his delegation, during their visit to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), realized that it was possible for KATH to start the exchange of nurses with Germany.

According to him, Germany boasts of modern technology and equipment in healthcare delivery but their nurse-to-patients ratio was not the best, hence the need to rely on Ghana for nurses.

Mr. Brockes also called for improved co-operation between universities in Ghana and Germany, noting that the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) was doing well.

On his part, Mr. Assibey-Antwi described Kumasi as the business hub of Ghana and so he entreated Germany and other foreign investors to visit the city and invest there.

According to him, about 3 million out of the Ashanti Region’s 5 million population lives in Kumasi, adding that the city boasts of everything that is needed for businesses to boom.

He said there is congestion in Kumasi and so potential investors from Germany could invest in high-rise car parks and housing projects and make more profits in the process.

Still explaining why he believes Kumasi is the ideal place to invest, he said “Kumasi is centrally located, the city is peaceful, the people are friendly and there are more areas to do business here”.