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5k YEA nurse assistants: Use money to employ 5,000 nurses to reduce backlog – Nabdam MP to gov’t

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The Member of Parliament for Nabdam Constituency, Dr. Mark Kurt Nawaane says the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) has realized that it is becoming redundant after terminating most of its modules due to the change in government, thus the need to create reinvent the nursing module as part of its programmes.

His comments were in relation to an announcement by the YEA that the government will employ about 5000 Senior High School (SHS) graduates by the end of August, 2022 to help with basic health care delivery on Community Health-Based Planning Services (CHPS) compounds across the country.

The announcement has seen a lot of resistance from some Ghanaians including the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association.

Dr. Mark Kurt Nawaane who doubles as the Deputy Ranking Member on Parliament’s Health Committee argued that government should rather employ the backlog of trained nurses who are sitting home unemployed.

“As an agency, I think that they’re now beginning to see that most of their modules which were terminated because of a change probably in government policy are making them redundant, in other words, they don’t have anything to do. If not so, I don’t think his argument is right or can hold water because is a government policy that is not constitutionally based.”

He added that there’s no law that secures that module.

“Why should the government of Ghana under the current economic hardships, going in for IMF conditionality try to introduce a module that will involve some payment to some people who have not been trained as nurses to come into the hospitals when they’re trained nurses sitting down in the house.”

“Government is saying that they do not have money to employ them. I do not know whether the government has gotten some money to do that so far as the SHS students are concerned.”

“I don’t know, but if the government has money, I’ll advise the government that they should use that money to employ at least 5000 nurses. Little by little, all the 20,000 backlog will be absolved into the Ghana Health Service.”

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Osuman Kaapore Tahiru|Ghana

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