- The allowance of all trainee nurses and midwives have been restored by government
- Nana says government will be allocating 232 million cedis for these allowances each academic year
It was a moment of joy and thanksgiving when government announced the restoration of training allowances for trainee nurses and midwives across the country.
The launch took place at the Sunyani Nursing and Midwifery Training College as president of the republic, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo stated that the move to bring back these allowances was not only to fulfil its 2016 campaign promise but also improve the conditions of nurses and midwives across the country.
Government says this move to restore the allowances will go a long way to improve the health sector in the country and rake in more investment into the public health sector.
“If the nation is to have a solid, world class healthcare system, and we think it necessary to provide the relevant incentives to make that possible,” Nana Addo argued.
The erstwhile Mahama administration had earlier resolved never to restore these allowances as former president Mahama argued that the fiscal standing of the economy was not ripe enough to take on such huge labour policies.
Meanwhile, Nana Addo has criticized his predecessor for such a move stating that that decision brought untold hardship to thousands of public health workers across the country.
“The New Patriotic Party and I heard your cry, and assured you of the restoration of these allowances, if we won the election. By the grace of God, and by the generosity and trust of the Ghanaian people, I am here, today, as President of the Republic, ready to fulfill the pledge we made to you,” he said, to a rousing applause from the packed auditorium of the school.
What this means is that for the 2017/2018 academic year, fifty eight thousand health trainees comprising nurses and midwives, will be paid their allowance of four hundred Ghana cedis (GH¢400.00) per person, for each of the ten months of the academic year – a development which will see government spend in total of GH¢232 million for each academic year.
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