Some of the aggrieved nurses vowed to remain at the presidential palace until they are either given a firm assurance of engagement in public service.

The group, known as the Coalition of Unemployed Nurses and Midwives, made up of psychiatric nurses, enrolled nurses, midwives, general nurses and community nurses, completed their training in 2013 and 2014 at the various state-run health training institutions but have since not be employed by the country’s Health ministry.

Even though the group said they had been bonded for between three to five years by the Ministry of Health, they said the government had failed to absorb them into the public sector.

They claimed that the Health ministry and the Mental Health Authority had consistently failed to see through their promises to them, noting that there appeared to be no sign of commitment on the part of government in resolving their grievances.

One of the aggrieved nurses who gave his name as Emmanuel Geyevo, National President of the Ghana Nurses and Midwifery Trainees Association, told the media: “We have made relentless follow-ups to the Ministry of Health but all to no avail.”

The national average of nurse to population ratio is almost within reach of the World Health Organization (WHO) standard of 1:1,000 citizens.

The Ghana government employs a greater percentage of health professionals trained locally.

But there is pressure on the government to control public expenditure as Ghana signed onto an austerity program with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) early this year. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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