sherry aryittey

Sherry Aryittey

Parliament has directed the Minister for Health, Sherry Ayittey, to investigate and sanction heads of nursing training institutions who charge unapproved fees.

The directive was issued during the consideration and approval of an amount of GH?3.3billion as annual budget estimates for the Ministry of Health for the 2014 fiscal year.

Chairman of the Committee on Health, Joseph Yieleh Chireh, who raised the issue when he presented the committee?s report on the estimates for consideration and approval, ?urged the House to direct the minister to investigate the matter and sanction non-complying institutions.?

Mr Chireh in an interview with the ISD soon after the approval of the estimates observed that the issue had come to the notice of the committee and for that matter there was the need to investigate it.

He said the various nursing training institutions were supposed to charge an annual fee of GH?1,200 and that some institutions charged as much as GH?2000 annually.

Mr Chireh who was a former Health Minister also stressed the need for the ministry and the Nursing and Midwifery Council to streamline the fees to ensure that all students in the various institutions throughout the country paid the same amount.

He said once the report had been adopted and the estimates subsequently approved, the ministry would have to constitute a committee to investigate and punish heads of the institutions who charged unapproved fees.

Mr Chireh gave the assurance that the committee would follow up the directive and ensure that the heads of nursing training institutions who are found liable are sanctioned accordingly.

?The committee would visit the ministry and some nursing training institutions to ensure that the directive is complied with,? he said.

Ghana Health Nest

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