July 15, 2024


Bangladesh is for the primary time sending its docs and nurses to work in Saudi Arabia, following the Kingdom’s current resolution to approve their recruitment and {qualifications}.


In accordance with Bangladesh Medical Affiliation knowledge, there are only some dozen clinicians amongst almost 3 million Bangladeshi expatriate employees residing within the Kingdom.


It was solely in 2022 that an settlement on the recruitment of medics was signed by each nations and the primary Bangladeshi well being employees departed for the Kingdom in November 2023.


“For a very long time, Saudi Arabia didn’t recruit any medical workers from Bangladesh. However now we began recruiting them, as a result of they already attain our standards,” Riyadh’s Ambassador to Dhaka Essa Al-Duhailan advised Arab Information.


Whereas the preliminary group consisted of some 60 clinicians, it was just the start.


“This quantity, insha’Allah, will soar within the close to future … It’s simply to tickle the market and to see the way it’s going,” Al-Duhailan stated in an interview final week.


“A staff from the Ministry of Well being in Saudi Arabia already visited Bangladesh twice final yr. And they’re going to proceed to go to Bangladesh to recruit extra.”


The following group anticipated to depart for Saudi Arabia will include nurses.


“Kingdom authorities requested us to ship over 150 educated nurses. Our ministry is now scrutinizing the calls for, like the place the Bangladeshi nurses might be employed, whether or not they are going to be employed by government-run hospitals or non-public well being services, and so on.,” stated Khairul Alam, further secretary on the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Abroad Employment.


He advised Arab Information that because the growth is new, the federal government is now getting ready mechanisms to streamline the recruitment of medics.


“We welcome this newest transfer from Saudi Arabia to nominate Bangladeshi well being sector employees within the Kingdom, a rustic that may be a key vacation spot for our migrants. There are scopes to extend this chance additional,” Alam stated.


“An in depth recruitment coverage might be ready for this.”


Bangladesh’s greater than 100 medical schools produce giant numbers of licensed docs, nurses and medics.


Working within the Kingdom with top-quality tools additionally provides them studying alternatives.


“The extra medical staffers we will ship and the extra we will improve them by way of high quality, the extra it’s going to create a win-win scenario for each nations,” stated Shariful Hasan, affiliate director of the migration program of BRAC, the most important growth group based mostly in Bangladesh.


“Secondly, it is going to be useful for our migrants … Our docs, nurses, and medical staffers may provide remedy to our migrants within the Kingdom.”


At present, solely 2 p.c of Bangladeshi employees within the Kingdom are expert professionals.


“Because of this, we’re exporting the best variety of migrants however receiving a lesser quantity of remittance compared with the variety of migrants. On this context, if we will ship extra expert workforces, it’s going to improve our remittance,” Hasan stated.


“It can improve our picture as a supply nation of expert workforce.”