The Ghana Nurse-Midwife Trainees’ Association (G.N.M.T.A) has stated with strong conviction that, they will soon pour out in their numbers to demonstrate in six regions of Ghana, to register their displeasure on government failure to fulfill its promise in employing nurses. In a press statement issued on Monday, August, 20, 2018, the Association noted that, they have made several moves and stakeholder engagement with the authorities to inquire about their financial clearance since 2017 and it yielded no results after they were been promised that, government has budgeted to recruit over twenty seven thousand (27,000) nurses and midwives as part of the 2018 budget.
“The leadership of GNMTA was assured of financial clearance since government has budgeted to recruit over twenty seven thousand (27,000) nurses and midwives as part of the 2018 budget. Earlier this year, the Minister of health; Hon. Kweku Ayemang Manu speaking on local based radio stations in Accra (Joy FM 99.7Mhz) and (Adom Fm 106.3Mhz) on 25th and 27th of June, 2018 respectively, reassured unemployed nurses and the general public of financial clearance being made ready by middle of July which gave all trainees and unemployed nurses some positive hope of certainty” the statement noted.
The Association has however expressed shock that, their effort to even meet the Minister of health to know the status quo of the promised financial clearance has proved futile. According to them, the development has left the unemployed nurses and midwives in a state of limbo.
“As it stands now, we are in August 20 and nothing credible and tangible has happened and all efforts to reach the Minster of health to know the status quo of the promised financial clearance has proven futile living unemployed nurses and midwives in a state of limbo with all hopes of being employed this year fast vanishing into the thin air” the Association indicated.
GNMTA indicated in the statement with strong emotions that they will embarked on a massive demonstration in six regions of Ghana comprising of Upper West, Upper East, Northern, Ashanti, Western and central regions as well as Eastern and Volta regions to press home their demand by September 5, 2018.
“ We shall demonstrate concurrently in all six(6) regional capitals on the 5th of September, 2018 to deliver our petition to the various regional ministers for onward submission to the Jubilee house for the attention of H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo for immediate response” they revealed.