- A group of Jobless nurses have started a sleep-in protest at the Ministry of Health demanding for jobs
- The group stated their cries have not been heard by the Health minister and the government
-So far, over 11,000 unemployed nurses have been posted to various healthcare facilities
A group of nurses calling themselves the Coalition of Unemployed Bonded Diploma Nurses on Monday, spent the night on the premises of the Ministry of Health as a protest against the government’s delay in offering them employment.
The group thronged the entrance to the Ministry, with some wearing night clothes to protect their skin from mosquito bites, placed cloths and mats at the entrance to the building with the intention of spending the night.
They stated that they would continue their protest until the Ministry and relevant stakeholders heard their cries for jobs.
According to them, the Health Minister, Kweku Agyemang-Manu failed to deliver on his promise to offer employment to the nurses.
Venting their frustrations on Tuesday morning, the leader of the group Tina Mireku spoke to Class FM news, stating that they have been left out of government’s consideration since their completion their National Service in August 2016.
"The Deputy Minister of Health, Tina Mensah, has just come to tell us that we should go home so that in a week’s time she would have a meeting with the executives. But we are telling her we are not going to accept that because even the two-week ultimatum that the Minister himself gave us, he couldn’t fulfill it so how much more one week?
And even the one week, there is no assurance that we are going to get our clearance and get posted. She is saying that she wants to meet the executives in a week’s time, which doesn’t even come with any assurance. So we still go by our words that we are still demanding for immediate posting," she said.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health has urged the nurses to exercise patience as government works to get them posted to various health institutions across the country.
According to the Public Relations Officer of the Ministry, recruitment processes have begun, with over 11,000 nurses cleared to work.
He stated that due to the large number of health professionals, the recruitment remains an ongoing process. He assured the group they have not been forgotten, and that in due time, they would be sorted.