Constant migration in the health sector are one of the major challenges facing the sector, according to a Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) official.
Representative of Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Dr Gina Watson says PAHO is currently seeking ways to stabilize the human resources in health, because of migration.
“We have emerging and historical challenges that we are trying to address. I know government has already implemented measures in regards to increasing staff, now we are looking forward to how we can work together to build competences to retain the staff,” she said.
She said based on research, one of the main reasons of migration of health officials has to do a lot with self-growth and not necessarily moving to greener pastures.
“We have the challenge of emerging problems like the Swine Flu and we have to prepare for these. We also have to address issues that will also affect human health,” Dr. Watson added.
HIV/AIDS is also another area affecting health officials in the region, according to her.