Government takes Lovell’s recommendation on board and will recruit retired healthcare workers

The Government is finally taking on board the suggestion made by Political Leader of the United Progressive Party Harold Lovell to hire retired healthcare workers to assist in the  fight against COVID-19.

Nurses and other medical practitioners have been overwhelmed since the start of the pandemic in March last year.

Prime Minister Gaston Browne, during a radio programme on Saturday, October 9, says recruitment of these professionals might even have to be done outside Antigua and Barbuda, as well.

Meanwhile, he says the Ministry of Health has encountered difficulties in staffing the NTTC complex, which was renamed the Sir Cuthwin Lake Medical Centre.

Browne says the Government has been scaling up its efforts to ensure there are enough facilities to meet the demand for hospitalization.

He also says that more vaccines are being sourced since current stocks are running low, and it is hoped that national immunity is reached by the end of the year.