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Akufo-Addo, what is the fate of nurse assistants under your gov’t – DYA asks

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A Volta Regional based group, Democratic Youth Alliance is asking the president of Ghana,  H.E Nana Akuf0-Addo where he has placed Nursing Assistants (community health nurses and other certificate nurses) in his job creation agenda.

According to the group in a statement signed by its President, Mr. Bismark Newton Haduvorsah, during the 2016 general elections campaign the president made a lot of promises to them and notably among the promises are “the restoration of Nursing Trainees’ Allowance (NTA) without a quota system, giving us financial clearance to enable us to secure permanent jobs, you told us your government will build more hospitals to absorb us. You also told some of our colleagues categorically on Krachi Nursing and Midwifery campus that your government will give us readily permanent jobs after our licensure exams.”

“We leave your performance in the health sector for our parents to judge. As we speak, no trainee has received a pesewa from your government this year. Our parents sit home and think we are being paid. No! It’s not true. Clearly, your government has not been candid with us. The allowance is not coming, yet the quota system is fully back” – Mr. Haduvorsah fumes

On the just-launched Nation Builders’ Corps, this is what the Mr. Haduvorsahhas to say –

“Mr. President, with the introduction of the almighty NABCO (Nation builders’ corps – heal Ghana), there have been several attempts by your government to paint a picture as if this is the ultimate solution to our plights as nurses. While we continue to question the legality backing, policy document and exit plan of this program, we have realized that it has no place for Nursing Assistants (Certificate nurses including community health nurses, environmental health nurses etc). This is because, one basic qualification for this program is NATIONAL SERVICE, which you know the Certificate nurses don’t do. So clearly and technically, we have been excluded.”

There has been severe agitation at the unemployed nurses’ front since the launch of the NABCO programme saying it does not favor them.

Read the full statement:

PRESS RELEASE.

WHAT IS THE FATE OF NURSE ASSISTANTS (Preventive and Curative) UNDER YOUR GOVERNMENT? Mr. President. — DEMOCRATIC YOUTH ALLIANCE (DYA), Volta. 10/05/2018

We, the health wing of Democratic Youth Alliance, Volta are by this release respectfully asking the President, H.E Nana Addo where have you placed Nursing Assistants (community health nurses and other certificate nurses) on your job creation agenda.

In the build-up to the 2016 general election, you made a plethora of promises to us, the nursing fraternity. Notably among them are the restoration of Nursing Trainees’ Allowance (NTA), without a quota system, giving us financial clearance to enable us to secure permanent jobs, you told us your government will build more hospitals to absorb us. You also told some of our colleagues categorically on Krachi Nursing and Midwifery campus that your government will give us readily permanent jobs after our licensure exams. We leave your performance in the health sector for our parents to judge. As we speak, no trainee has received a pesewa from your government this year. Our parents sit home and think we are being paid. No! It’s not true. Clearly, your government has not been candid with us. The allowance is not coming, yet the quota system is fully back.

Mr. President, with the introduction of the almighty NABCO (Nation builders’ corps – heal Ghana), there have been several attempts by your government to paint a picture as if this is the ultimate solution to our plights as nurses. While we continue to question the legality backing, policy document and exit plan of this program, we have realized that it has no place for Nursing Assistants (Certificate nurses including community health nurses, environmental health nurses etc). This is because, one basic qualification for this program is NATIONAL SERVICE, which you know the Certificate nurses don’t do. So clearly and technically, we have been excluded.

Mr. President, this wasn’t what you promised us. We feel hoodwinked just for the purposes of helping you win an election.

What baffles us the more is that, in an attempt by your government to distinguish NABCO from National Youth employment policy (NYEP), we are told NABCO is purely for graduates and NYEP is for non-graduates. Mr. President, is that to say we, certificate nurses should go and apply under NYEP or we are just not recognized under your government? What is our fate under your government? We know, it will be a nightmare for us to think we would be given financial clearance that will enable us earn an approximated monthly salary of Gh 1200 while our seniors, graduates, take an alleged Gh 700 monthly which we know is phantasmagorical because they would be paid from DACF (District Assembly Common Fund). The question too is how often does the DACF come to our various districts?

Finally, we want to use this opportunity to tell all Nurse Assistants who are questioning the integrity of this policy that, even the illegal policy they are fighting doesn’t have any place whatsoever for them. In plain language, we have been deceived!

Clearly, the discrimination against us has been deepened and consolidated by the government of the day through the introduction of this program that is aimed at giving a substandard symptomatic treatment to unemployment in the country. We have been declared technically unwanted. It’s high time we interrogate and analyse promises made to us by sweet talking desperate politicians during their campaign periods.

NOTE: this is the job creation formula in the health sector now.

Graduates Nurses = NABCO
Certificate Nurses = NYEP.

Signed…
Bismark Newton Haduvorsah, President. {Democratic Youth Alliance – Volta}
0552705776.

Cc:
The President
Health Minister
All Media Houses

Source: AwakeAfrica.com | Efo Korsi Senyo

About Efo Korsi Senyo

Efo Korsi Senyo has over 4 years experience working as investigative journalist with Awake Africa. He is the Head of Awake Investigates. Connect with him via senyo@awakeafrica.com or WhatsApp: +233249155003

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