The Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyemang Manu, has assured trainee nurses that their two-months allowance will be cleared in March 2019.
The Minister said there has been a delay in the payment because government is currently facing some administrative challenges.
He explained the government will soon pay all trainee nurses their allowances.
“We had problems towards the end of last year. Our releases were not coming from the Ministry of Finance and some allocations had gone off from their systems and that is why we are delaying and have accumulated some bit,” the Minister said.
“But we have resolved with the Ministry of Finance that by the end of this week, the Controller and Accountant General Department will start releasing some monies to us and hopefully, within March we would have started payment for two months of the arrears owe trainees.”
Some of the trainees lamented government’s inability to honour its promise of paying their allowances on time.
According to them, their financial burden on campus has compounded due to the delay in payment of their allowances.
But Mr. Agyemang Manu added that government is doing its best to facilitate the payment, and urged all principals of nursing training colleges to submit the list of registered first-year trainees to the ministry.
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The Minister also hinted that the country’s health centre facilities will soon operate cashless and paperless hospitals.
According to him, this “will link the hospitals to the nearest banks around them for all patients who visit their facilities for all cash payments.”
Mr. Agyemang Manu made the statement during a two-day working visit to the Bawku Presbyterian nursing and Midwifery training college.
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