Nurses from Kerala are engaged in the UK’s fight against COVID

29 March 2020
The WHO estimated that over 30 percent of nurses who studied in Kerala work in the United Kingdom and United States
Stephanie McGehee / REUTERS
The WHO estimated that over 30 percent of nurses who studied in Kerala work in the United Kingdom and United States
Stephanie McGehee / REUTERS

As healthcare workers fight the COVID-19 pandemic across the world, nurses from Kerala are on the frontlines of the battle. A 2017 report by the World Health Organisation states that “India is a major source of supply for nurses overseas.” Nurses who emigrated from Kerala comrpise a large part of that overseas workforce.

The WHO report added, “Nurses trained in India form a significant portion of internationally educated nurses working overseas, second to nurses trained in the Philippines. It is estimated that over 30% of nurses who studied in Kerala work in the United Kingdom or the United States of America, with 15% in Australia and 12% in the Middle East.”

In a British Broadcasting Corporation video that has recently been shared on social media, Anna Soubry, a former British parliamentarian, is seen acknowledging the contribution of nurses from Kerala to the country’s healthcare system. Until last year, Soubry represented the Broxtowe constituency in the UK’s Nottinghamshire county. She has previously served as the parliamentary under-secretary of state for public health. In the BBC clip, Soubry said, “I don’t have a problem with people coming to work in our country from overseas. Some of the best nurses, that we learn from actually, are nurses from south India, from Kerala in particular.”

Sreerag PS is an independent journalist.

Keywords: COVID-19 coronavirus Kerala
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