KUWAIT – Hundreds of Filipino nurses are needed to fill in the vacancies in the public and private medical facilities in Kuwait.
According to the Kuwaiti Ministry of Health (MOH), public hospitals and clinics are in need of 360 nurses.
However, the MOH will no longer recruit OFWs directly from manpower agencies in the Philippines.
One of the local Kuwaiti companies qualified to recruit Filipino nurses is the Medi-tech Global Technologies for Medical Supplies and Services.
“We are one of them, Global Technologies, one of the companies qualified to recruit nurses from the Philippines to the Ministry of Health,” said Dr. Shadya Kamal Hakeem.
The recruitment for Pinoy nurses will continue until the end of this year.
“We start issuing visas and send it to [the] Philippines so they can join us,” he said.
Although Kuwait is serious in implementing its Kuwaitization, it admits that there is still a shortage of nurses.
“Actually, the Ministry of Health, they have a great shortage of nurses and they will continue to hire more nurses either from the Philippines or other countries,” said Abbas Yousef al Baghli, general manager of the Al-Bahar Medical Service.
Labor Attache David Des Dicang said officials and human resources directors always say that the hiring for nurses will increase.
“Lagi sinasabi ng mga managers and HR directors, the hiring will still increase, kukuha sila nang kukuha ng mga Pinoy. We don’t see any adverse effect on the employment sa tinatawag nating Kuwaitization,” said Dicang.
MOH nurses will receive 600 Kuwaiti dinars or equivalent to P91,000 monthly salary, free accommodation and transportation.
Meanwhile, aside from nurses bound for government hospitals, another 300 Pinoy nurses are needed by private hospitals and clinics.
“Next month, we will recruit for private hospitals and private clinics 300 nurses. Prepare all your documents. All your documents should be attested by the embassy and submit it to our agency in the Philippines,” said Dr. Hakeem. Maxxy Santiago, ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau