President Nana Akufo-Addo has assured unemployed nurses and midwives that government will do its best to address their concerns.
In his speech on May Day in Accra, Mr Akufo-Addo admitted that he was aware of the protests and picketing by unemployed nurses and midwives at the Ministry of Health (MoH), assuring: “My government is your government and we are listening to your concerns.”
He said government was “determined that, together, we will find sustainable solutions” because “Ghana needs all its trained manpower to be at work.”
Mr Akufo-Addo further stated: “The subject of nurses and teachers’ allowances featured a lot in the recent elections” where many questions were raised but “we promised to restore them and we have”.
By this, he assured the nurses that their concerns would be addressed.
Members of the Coalition of Unemployed Bonded Diploma Nurses returned to their various homes after spending two nights at the MoH last week to put pressure on government to effect their financial clearance to enable them get employed.
The midwives, psychiatric and general nurses picketed the MoH from Monday, 24 April, until Wednesday April 26. They said they had remained unemployed since completing their training two years ago.
According to the coalition, their decision to return to their homes followed extensive consultations with the ministry where they had been assured that their concerns would be addressed with the necessary speed required.
The jobless nurses have given the ministry up to 5 May to resolve their concerns, failing which they will march to the presidency to present their grievances to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.