Unemployed nurses demand instant posting

A section of the nurses claded in thier uniforms and red bands and picketing at the premises of the Ministry  of Health.

A section of the nurses claded in thier uniforms and red bands and picketing at the premises of the Ministry of Health.

A group of unemployed nurses who have picketed at the Ministry of Health (MOH) since Monday to demand instant posting from government have threatened to storm the premises on the Flagstaff House to meet the President, if their concerns are not addressed by the close of today.

Today marks the third day the nurses, numbering about 150 from all parts of the country, besieged the premises of the ministry with their belongings to stay and sleep there until they were employed by government.

They comprise bonded diploma psychiatric, midwives and general nurses who completed their training from various public nursing training institutions in February 2015 and completed their National Service in August 2016.

Ms Tina Mireku, the spokesperson for the unemployed nurses, said  a total of 937 of them have remained idle at home for the past nine months and could not work on their own, because they signed a bond with government in 2011, when they gained admission into their respective training institutions.

“We are tired of the promises and the unfulfilled assurances given us since the time of the Mahama led-administration to now; all we demand is an immediate release of our financial clearance from government,” she said.

The Public Relations Officer of MOH, Robert Cudjoe told The Ghanaian Times that the ministry was working to resolve the issue.

He said government had issued clearance to about 800 nurses who have already been posted to begin work.

“This is part of the 11,000 clearance forms promised to be released by the Vice President, Dr Mahamadu Bawumia,” he said.

Mr Cudjoe said the ministry had appealed to the nurses to be patient, while the matter was being resolved, “but they have turned a deaf ear to our appeal.”

The nurses picketed at the ministry last month and left to their various destinations after the Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu promised to ensure they get posted within two weeks.

By Linda Naa Deide Aryeetey     

 

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