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Health Ministry confirms recruitment of 2016 nurse assistants

PThe Ministry of Health has confirmed that it has been granted financial clearance from the Ministry of Finance to recruit 2016 nurse assistants to help in efficient healthcare delivery.

Following President Nana Akufo-Addo’s statement during the State of the Nation’s Address on Thursday that government has given financial clearance to the Ministry of Health to engage nurse assistants who passed their exams in 2016, some clinical and preventive nurse assistants argued on various media platforms that the statement by the President was inaccurate.

However, a statement signed and issued in Accra last Friday by Nana Kwabena Adjei-Mensah, Chief Director, Ministry of Health, said his outfit received financial clearance from the Ministry of Finance to employ 14,254 clinical and preventive nurse assistants from government nursing training institutions.

It stated that the names from the institutions have been verified by the Nursing and Midwifery Council with the clearance taking effect from February 1 this year.

In furtherance to the financial clearance, the ministry, the statement said, had issued the number of nurse assistants for allocation to each agency for posting to their respective health facilities.

The statement advised prospective clinical and preventive nurse assistants to contact the Ministry of Health agencies for details of the ongoing recruitment process.

Additionally, it said the ministry further received clearance to begin recruitment process for 5,787 for the 2016 batch of bonded nurses and midwives who have completed their national service from April 1, 2019.

A copy of the letter from the Ministry of Finance to the Ministry of Health and sighted by Ghanaian Times said that financial clearance has been granted to the Ministry of Health to engage 14,254 nurse assistants (clinical and preventive) who have passed their examination in 2016 from government nursing training institutions, and have been verified by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Dated September 4, 2018, the letter said the effective date of the appointment should only take effect from February 1, this year.   

A second letter dated January 31, 2019, also from the Ministry of Finance, directed the Ministry of Health to engage 5,787 bonded nurses and midwives who have completed their national service and were already on the payroll after being granted financial clearance.

It said the effective date of the appointed nurses and midwives was April 1, 2019.

The Ministry of Health added in its statement that it was making frantic efforts to ensure that all health workers in the stated category were in service to ensure efficient healthcare delivery.

By Times Reporter

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