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UCCI to start a nursing degree

Premier McKeeva Bush speaks at the groundbreaking of the Cayman Narayana Hrudayalaya (NH) Medical Centre, East End.

The University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI) will start a four-year nursing degree on 3 January, 2013.

According to Minister of Health Hon Mark Scotland, the programme will lead to a Bachelor of Science degree that enable Caymanian residents to be qualified to join the medical tourism field when this comes into operation.

Mr Scotland said that the exercise is a joint venture between the Ministries of Health, Education and the university college.

Speaking to Cayman Net News, Mr Scotland noted that most of the Caymanians who have medical-related training are all employed, thereby underscoring the need to would-be candidates to choose a field to ensure steady employment.

UCCI President Roy Bodden noted that students will work with the Health Services Authority, as well as receive training at the UCCI.

Mr Bodden said that science and related knowledge will be the best way forward for the Cayman Islands and he was doing his bit to ensure more and more students in the country are enrolled for science-related courses.

Mr Bodden said that Cayman would be well served by concentrating more on building an intellectual base that will help the country compete with the rest of the world.

UCCI, through a partnership with the University of the Virgin Islands, has been shoring up its resources in environmental science and nursing disciplines. Moreover, students in natural and physical sciences matriculate into the University of West Indies programmes.

Last week in an interview with Cayman Net News, Premier McKeeva Bush pointed to medical tourism as a means of alleviating the country’s trade imbalance and lead to more export of services.

“The effort to get additional economic activity for the island is a challenge, but medical tourism will address the trade imbalance,” he told Cayman Net News.

Indian cardiologist Dr Devi Shetty plans to build a 2,000 bed hospital — Cayman Narayana Hrudayalaya (NH) Medical Centre — at Grand Cayman’s East End. Ground was broken for the complex last month.

The project is expected to open early next year, with a 140-bed hospital specialising in cardiac care and cancer treatments.

Mr Bush noted that more residents will access jobs through the project, which will add value to the tourism industry.

However, Dr Steve Tomlinson, owner of the Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital, has underscored that medical tourism is nothing new in the Cayman Islands as aspects of such enterprise are already in place in the islands.

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