Emirate allows nurses on visit visa to work

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Dubai, Nov 13(UNI) After extending better working conditions to emigrant construction workers, UAE has liberalised its health policy by allowing nurses, who are on a visit visa, to pursue job in the Emirates, said a senior official.

''We'll allow nurses on visit visas to sit in the nursing examination of the MoH, to take up jobs in the private sector,'' said Dr Abul Ghaffar Abdul Ghaffor, assistant under-secretary for Curative Medicine Department at the MoH, reported Khaleej Times.

The change in the health policy is due to the paucity and scarcity of nursing cadres in both private and public sectors, though the problem is more acute in the private sector, noted the official.

When asked about other steps undertaken by the MoH to encourage more expats to join the nursing profession, Dr Ghaffor said the ministry was likely to reduce the number of years mandatory for expatriate nurses to serve at public institutes after their graduation.

''We are planning to reduce it (mandatory period to serve at public institutes) to two years,'' he informed.

Presently, expatriate nurses receive free education at nursing institutes affiliated to the MoH, but they have to serve at least three years at one of the MoH-affiliated medical institutions after graduation.

This new health policy is certainly going to aid Indian expatriates who are working in large numbers in the emirate and form the bulk of emirates expatriate population. The nurses from Indian state of Kerela are in huge demand in the Gulf for their aptitude in the health sector.

UNI

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