The demonstration, which started at about 7 am at the Obra Spot at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle, was also to protest against the high unemployment rate of qualified trained nurses exorbitant fees, clinical charges and demand for consumables from trainees during practical.
The protesters who were in their uniforms, with red bands on their heads and necks, wrists and arms marched and sang war songs. They converged at the Hearts Park and presented a petition to government.
They carried placards with inscriptions such as : ‘A hungry nurse is a potential killer’, ‘Mahama our allowance or December 7’, ‘No allawa , no vote’ , ‘Mahama, listen to our cry’, ‘Our fees are hitting the sky’, ‘ We need the allawa now’, ‘Employ all qualified nurses and midwives now’, ‘Sir Mahama, where is our paper, we deserve better’.
The trainees presented the petition to Mr. Christopher Beyire, Executive Secretary of the Health Training Institutions Secretariat, to be forwarded to the Chief of Staff.
Godwin Akazee Asabire, president the Ghana Nurses and Midwives Trainees Association said members were unhappy about government’s refusal to pay the training allowances due them.
He appealed to government to even review the proposed allowance of GH¢150 per month per student, saying “the amount is inadequate taking into consideration the high amount of fees we pay”.
By Linda Naa Deide Aryeetey