Government to employ 54,000 health workers - Sector minister

Government to employ 54,000 health workers - Sector minister

- The minister of health, Kwaku Agyemang Manu says government has since 2017, recruited over 54,000 health personnel in the country

- The minister has also mentioned that government has released monies to pay the accumulated allowances of trainee nurses

The Health Ministry has gotten clearance from the Finance Ministry to recruit over 54,000 new health workers.

This was revealed by the Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman Manu on Thursday, May 16, 2019 who confirmed that the services of 54,892 will be engaged.

Taking his turn at the Meet-The-Press series, the minister said a majority of those recruited were outstanding workers from 2012 and 2016.

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He explained that the Ministry has also launched an electronic platform to ensure that no applications get missing.

This, he said, will facilitate recruitment and placement of staff at the various health facilities.

There was a big embargo because of our International Monetary Fund (IMF) engagement such that government could not recruit,” Mr. Agyeman Manu.

These days when you come to the Ministries, you won’t see anyone picketing because they are all on the field working...and to facilitate our recruiting faster, the Ministry has launched an electronic platform for that as well as a placement of staff at health facilities,” he added.

The Minister also disclosed that 57,000 trainees are benefiting from the restoration allowances for nurses.

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According to him, government has already cleared what it owes trainees from the 2017/18 academic year, while the first seven months of 2018/19 academic year has also been paid.

Hundred per cent of total commitment amounting to ¢210.8 million for 2017/18 academic year has been paid whereas Government has also paid the first seven months of 2018/19 academic year. And ¢57.8 million warrant has been released for the payment of the rest of the month,” Mr. Agyeman Manu stated.

He expressed hope that the recruited health workers will help boost the quality of healthcare delivery in Ghana.

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