- The angry nurses held demo against government's NABCO initiative
- The jobless nurses and health professionals hit the streets of Accra in protest of their delayed financial clearance for employment
- They have also describe the deputy Health Minister as arrogant
Unemployed private nurses and health professionals have criticized Deputy Minister of Health, Tina Naa Ayeley Mensah, for disrespecting them when they went to present their petition to the Ministry.
According to them, the Minister used her “left hand” to collect their petition – a move they have described as utterly disrespectful.
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The “jobless” nurses said the Minister even refused to address them despite the seriousness of the matter they brought before her.
In an interview with Accra-based Radio XYZ, Director of Operations for the unemployed private nurses, Richmond Asomanin Marfo, said they are not happy with the way government is handling the situation.
“After taking [the petition], at least she should have told us something little but she took it and left. Our members were not happy about that.
“We voted them into power yet she disrespected us. Some of us are married with kids…some are even pastors,” he lamented.
The health professionals which include Ghana Nurse-Midwife Trainees Association, the National Health Students Association of Ghana have, however, given government a two-week ultimatum to respond to their plight petition.
The unemployed nurses hit the streets on Monday to protest government’s decision to enroll them onto the Heal Ghana module under the Nation Builders Corps (NaBCo).
According to them, it is another form of “slavery” to employ trained health professionals onto the NaBCo without offering them permanent jobs.
They are also demanding financial clearance to pave way for their posting after many failed promises.
Meanwhile, a labour expert Austin Gamey has warned that it could be dangerous to recruit health professionals under the Nation Builders Corps.
According to him, the health sector could be depleted especially as these nurses are being recruited as temporary employees.
“…The character and nature of the job (nursing) is such that if you know that you are being employed for a certain period of time and that will be the end of it, your mentality, actions and inactions can cause peoples’ lives.
“…We really have to be mindful about all these things,” Mr. Gamey said.
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