Eight Ni-Vanuatu nurses are
leaving Vanuatu this weekend to work in the health sector in Nauru.

The nurses include retired nurses, nurses that are on holiday and graduates from Anne’s Christian Community Health School.

Their recruitment comes following a call from the Nauru Government’s Ministry of Health for Pacific Island nurses to assist in restructuring and delivering good quality nursing care to the people of Nauru at the end of last year.

Mrs. Anne Pakoa Pailthorpe, owner of Anne’s Christian Community Health School & Nursing Services positively responded to the call by giving ‘heads up‘ to Dr. Ola Yinka Ajayi, A US doctor who is very well–known to a lot of Vanuatu nurses and doctors as he worked during the ‘90s in Vanuatu as Medical Superintendent both for Vila Central Hospital and Northern District Hospital as well as Lolowai Hospital.

Anne’s nursing agency’s positive response to the Nauru call was based on the fact that “a lot of our nurses have a wealth of knowledge which they need to utilize to ensure that individuals who need nursing and community health care are provided the best quality of nursing care needed”.

“I am not drawing from the government working nurses we need them here.”

Pailthorpe confirmed that she received calls for 24 nurses so the first 8 are leaving this weekend, while the rest of the 24 nurses are expected to leave for Nauru in the coming months.

The 8 nurses that will be traveling out this weekend are:

Team Leader – Miss Rosaria Maurice – Nurse Educator and Infection Control Specialist who will be serving this mission for 1 month only, according to her 1 month leave.

Mrs. Philomen Sablan – Nurse Educator and Midwifery specialist who will be serving this mission for 6 months until August this year according to her 6 months leave.

Miss Esbella Ben – Community Health Educator and Naturopath on a long term contract.

Mr. Ezekiel Melterongrong – Community Health Nurse – long term contract

Mr. Jonah Kapi – Community Health Nurse – long term contract

Mrs. Enneth Ilisa – Midwife and women’s health specialist – long term contract

Mrs. Tracey Joab – Registered Clinical nurse – long term contract

Mrs. Priscilla Tohe – Registered clinical nurse – contract

The final member is a public health nurse who wishes not to publicize her name until she makes her final decision whether to join this mission or not. READ MORE