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As the blame game continues about whom or what is responsible for the failing health situation in Guyana, more scandalous results have surfaced. More than 90 per cent of the 2013 Nursing Assistant class has failed the examinations. The figures are unbelievable.
In New Amsterdam from 19 who sat the exams only two passed. Over in Georgetown nine wrote the exams, only one passed. The Ministry of Health has kept silent due to the embarrassing nature of the results.
Minister of Health Dr. Bheri Ramsaran does not want the results to be made public, according to one official. The failures have since been sent packing.
The question is, what will the three remaining nurses who passed the exams do? Will there be tutors for them or will the programme be scrapped? Some of the nurses were referred from the Professional Nursing Class to the Nursing Assistants Class.
Some of the affected nurses have now decided to come forward and speak out. They stated that the programme was poorly structured and not properly administered.
There were hardly any tutors available. The nurses themselves cannot understand why and how there could be so many failures.
The nurses are also upset that they were told that they have to repay the government for money spent. They cannot leave the country. Their passports were collected and stamped. They were told that the stamp on the passport cannot be removed until they repay about $2M.
All this comes about even as the Ministry of Health continues to boast about the improvement in the Health Sector in Guyana amidst its continuing public squabble with the Guyana Nursing Council about the large classes and the qualification requirements.
A senior nursing official had stated that the situation did not reflect well on the nursing programme in general and the Ministry of Health as a whole.
The call continues for the Minister of Health to come forward and make a definite pronouncement on the situation with the nursing programme.
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