The Chapter Chairman of the Medical Laboratory Professional Workers Union ((MELPWU) in the Upper East Region on Friday, May 5th, 2023 indicated that despite numerous pledges regarding the payment of frontline health workers’ 50 percent allowance, their members have not received a penny.
It could be recalled that on April 5, 2020, President Nana Akufo-Addo approved a daily allowance of 150 Cedi to be paid to each of the frontline health workers known at the time as contact tracers. The President also announced that all frontline health workers in the country would receive an additional allowance of 50 percent.
But the Chapter Chairman of the Medical Laboratory Professional Workers Union Mr. Abass Inusah on A1 Radio’s Daybreak Upper East Show indicated that the government has not committed even a penny to their members.
“Not a single worker in our union has received anything, not even 10 pesewas from the 50 percent allowance promised by the government. I don’t know if any of you have visited the laboratory centre before but you can imagine how the place is, yet, during the pandemic, we were the ones tasked to do all the contact tracing, laboratory works, and all sorts. It is sad.”
He therefore called on the government to prioritise their welfare and treat the laboratory workers like other professionals as their service counts for the growth of the country.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1 MHz|Moses Apiah|Ghana