Bonded nurses, midwives to be employed soon

Mr Kwaku Agyemang Manu

Mr Kwaku Agyemang Manu

Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, says the ministry has been issued a financial clearance to permanently employ all bonded nurses and midwives in the country.

“Health authorities will, before the end of September, begin interviews and process them on the payroll for their immediate employment,” he said.

The Health Minister, therefore, urged the unemployed bonded nurses and midwives to exercise restraint as preparation was being made to recruit them.

Mr. Agyeman-Manu said this at the opening of the 2018 mid-year review workshop of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana at Nsuta in the Ashanti Region at the weekend.

He said government shared their sentiments and had plans to recruit all of them by the end of 2018.

The Health Minister said the ministry would have to go through all the necessary and appropriate processes to ensure that their salaries do not delay after full employment.

He said government was poised to solve the unemployment situation in the country, which was why it had introduced the Nation Builders Corp, which had the potential of absorbing some of the nurses and midwives who would not be lucky to gain permanent employment after the recruitment exercise.

Addressing the participants, Mr. Agyeman-Manu disclosed that the ministry had decided to set up Health Intelligence Unit to bring financial and working sanity to the sector.

He said the ministry was collaborating with other agencies and the National Emergency Call Centre to coordinate the evacuation of patients in a professional manner to help tackle the “no bed” issues confronting the sector.

Mr Agyeman-Manu urged public sector workers, especially health workers, to work hard and correct the perception clients had about their attitude to work, as government was doing its part to solving that with the introduction of Client Service Unit to offer delightful services to patients.

The Registrar of the Council, Felix Nyante, revealed that the Council had chalked a milestone by becoming the first nursing and midwifery regulatory body in West Africa to conduct online licensing examination.

He noted that the 2017/2018 peak performance goal that was set by the Council to digitise their operations and offer friendly client services was in accordance with the government’s aim to digitise the country.

FROM FAUSTINA KWABEA OSEI, NSUTA

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