JR’s grandson clinches employment deal for Lankan nurses in Germany



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Sri Lanka Consul General in Frankfurt Pradeep Jayewardene (right) and First Secretary-Commerce G. L. Gnanatheva leave DOMICIL Group’s Offenbach care facility offices after successful talks at Offenbach, Germany.


Lankan nursing professionals have received wider global acceptance as far as the Eurozone. Work is currently underway to recruit the first batch of qualified and experienced Lankan nursing professionals for elder care homes of a reputed German healthcare firm. "The first Lankan batch to Germany will comprise 12 nurses," said an excited Sri Lanka Consul General in Frankfurt Pradeep Jayewardene on 09 April.


Consul General Jayewardene, who is a grandson of late President J.R. Jayewardene was speaking from Frankfurt on the progress of first medical Lankan human resource placements in Europe’s topmost economy on 09 April.


As a result of long term discussions and relationships established by the officials of Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Frankfurt, Germany, some German private sector health service providers and elder care homes are now assessing the outsourcing of qualified and experienced nurses from Sri Lanka to their elder care homes.


The agreement to recruit 12 Sri Lankan nurses to elder care homes in Germany’s DOMICIL Group, has been signed recently in the presence of Consul General Jayewardene and First Secretary (Commerce), G. L. Gnanatheva, by M/s. Dieter Mahr, Darmstadt, Germany.


 "As a result of long term discussions and relationships established by the officials of Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Frankfurt, with some German private sector health services providers and elder care homes, we have been able to set up outsourcing of qualified and experienced Lankan nurses from Sri Lanka. The first Lankan batch to Germany will constitute of 12 nurses and recruited by Hamburg’s DOMICIL Group, well known operator on elder care. Sri Lanka Human resource principals for DOMICIL are currently in their search and shortlisting process. If this batch finds success, more batches will be recruited. I and First Secretary (Commerce) Gnanatheva, have also visited another elder care facility in Offenbach, had discussions with them and explained to them about the high standard of Sri Lankan nursing training" revealed Consul General Jayawardene.


DOMICIL Group is at present maintaining 25 elder care homes across Germany with seven more in the pipeline. Majority of them are in Berlin, the city with the largest population. In 2006, DOMICIL won an award for outstanding achievements in the care of the elderly (called "Altenpflegepreis des Landes Schleswig-Holstein"). DOMICIL’s holding firm is the Hamburg based, family held ‘HBB’ (Hanseatische Betreuungs- und Beteiligungsgesellschaft GmbH).


"DOMICIL Group has a plan to expand to further homes in the coming years. The Sri Lankan nurses would be recruited initially for a two year period and thereafter depending on their performance, their contract would be extended for another period, possibly without a limit" stressed Consul General Jayewardene.


The elderly population (age 75 and older) in Germany has increased dramatically over the years, and is predicted to increase to over 10% by 2020. The population in need of care is expected to increase from over two million to nearly three million in 2020, which is about 2% of the population in Germany. 46% of the elderly in need of care are currently given care by family members, 22% are provided care at their home by mobile care-giving services and 32% are resident in special care-giving institutions like the ones operated by the DOMICIL Group. The continual increase in the elderly population in Germany signifies that there will be a greater need for health care services to be provided to the elderly, notably long-term care services.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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