The number of nurses migrating annually has dropped significantly, with Dominica reporting a sizeable drop in nurse migration over the past few years.
Principal Nursing Officer Caesarina Ferrol told a media conference in Roseau on Tuesday that a manpower study indicated that while the island lost 73 nurses between 2002 and 2007, the migration figure for the 2008 to 2012 period was just 11.
“The problem is much less. We still from time to time have a little trickling of our nurse but it is incomparable with what obtained over the years,” Ferrol said.
According to the top nursing official, no one factor is responsible for the drastic decline.
One contributing factor she identified, based on her observations, is that “the international recruitment seems to have abated to some extent”, with less recruitment teams coming to Dominica in the past few years.
Ferrol added that an increase in the number of nurses here could also be another underlying factor which she said controls the level of absenteeism.