KUWAIT – Kuwait’s Ministry of Health (MoH) has arranged a recruitment plan for up to 1,000 medical practitioners from Indonesia to tackle labour shortages in the health sector.

The Government of Indonesia is in advanced talks with Kuwait’s new government to form a draft technical arrangement for cooperation in bringing medical personnel from Indonesia to Kuwait.

Upon the finalization of the Memorandum of Understanding between the governments of the two countries, the recruitment process will be conducted through a specialized government institution called the Indonesian Migrant Workers Protection Board in the Republic of Indonesia (BP2MI).

In a press statement, the Indonesian Ambassador to Kuwait Her Excellency Leena Maryanna said: “The Indonesian medical practitioners will be assigned to government health facilities managed by Kuwait’s Ministry of Health.”

In addition to sourcing medical professionals from Indonesia, the Ministry of Health intends to employ international medical workers to supplement its healthcare capacity needs.

The application for nursing jobs takes place through Memorandums of Understanding between Kuwait’s Ministry of Health and the concerned government institutions in countries exporting nurses.

The ministry made it clear that it does not deal with intermediary companies for the recruitment of nursing staff. This has been its practice since 2018 in accordance with the relevant regulatory authorities.

Consequently, the Kuwaiti Ministry of Health plans to bring in at least 500 and at most 1,000 Indonesian medical practitioners, including doctors, nurses, and technicians, into the country in the coming months.

Kuwait’s government intends to employ Indonesian doctors, nurses, technicians, and several highly skilled healthcare professionals in government health facilities, such as hospitals, clinics, and other facilities.

Commenting on the developments in bilateral relations between Indonesia and Kuwait, Ambassador Leena Maryanna outlined: “This recruitment will be based on the memorandum of understanding between the governments of Indonesia and Kuwait.”

Leena Maryanna pointed out that a huge portion of Indonesian nurses have been working for more than 20 years in Kuwaiti government hospitals.

She further highlighted that about 300 Indonesian nurses are currently working in public hospitals and other health facilities across the Republic of Kuwait.

On the health cooperation, Leena Maryanna stated: “Indonesia has a large number of health institutions where many health care workers have graduated. Hence, the Kuwaiti government’s intention matches its Indonesian counterpart’s plan to deploy skilled workers only to the Republic of Kuwait.”  

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