Student Nurses Give Ultimatum Over Arrears
Emmanuel Geyevo(INSET) addressing the student nurses
The executives of the Ghana Nurses and Midwife Trainees Association (GNMTA) have issued a June 30 ultimatum to government to urgently address their grievances or face their wrath.
The ultimatum is to drum home their displeasure for the non-payment of their allowances over a two year period.
According to the National President of GNTMA, Emmanuel Geyevo, ‘The undue delay has brought unbearable effects on students.’
Speaking at a press conference on Friday in Koforidua, Mr Geyevo said some students out of frustration have resorted to unconventional means to get money to settle their school fees whilst some have also dropped out of school, adding, ‘This is unfair to students who are being starved of their allowances.’
However, students who are in debt are being denied access to register for their external examinations.
Mr Geyevo stressed that some graduates of the Seikwa Health Assistants Training School in the Brong-Ahafo Region have since not been posted to any of the health institutions.
The President of the association called on government as a matter of urgency to release funds for the payment of the two years’ arrears and further post the Seikwa graduates.
He further asked students owing school fees to be allowed to register for their external exams while they would be made to pay the fees when they come in to collect their certificates or after receiving their allowances.
Mr Geyevo added that the student nurses and midwives who can no longer endure the situation would only resort to organising a nationwide strike to press home what is due them.
Currently, the ratio of nurse to patient is one nurse to 15 patients.
This, according to the International Relations Secretary of GNMTA, Regina Agyeman, ‘Indicates that Ghana needs more nurses than ever to realise the MDGs 4 and 5.’
She said their strike would therefore negatively have an impact on the health sector if government fails to respond to their needs.
From Rocklyn Antonio, Koforidua
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