The Ministry of Health’s Public Relations Officer, Isaac Offei Baah, has shared that the Ministry of Finance has disbursed GHc154 million to address the outstanding payments owed to nursing trainees.
Last week, he mentioned that a payment of GHC62 million was made. This week, an additional GHC30 million has been disbursed, and it is anticipated that another GHC62 million will be disbursed next week.
During an interview with TV3’s Daniel Opoku on Tuesday, November 28, Mr Offei Baah kindly requested the trainees to have patience with the government, assuring them that their arrears will be fully paid. “We are aware of our financial obligation to them, and as a result, we reached a mutual agreement.” We had a discussion and determined that the requested timeframe is seven months.
“We made a payment for two months last week. As I mentioned during our conversation yesterday, another installment has been released. We are optimistic that we will be able to make another payment by next week.” The government is indeed paying them the money they are owed, as they should,” he said politely.
He mentioned that the reason for the delay is due to the situation we previously encountered. We are confident that, with divine intervention, we will overcome this challenging situation. The government has taken the initiative to provide financial assistance, which is one of the reasons why we kindly request our nursing trainees and nurses to exercise patience. Rest assured, we are working diligently to secure the necessary funds for them.
As per our agreement, we have already begun making payments, and another installment will be disbursed this week. We appreciate your understanding and assure you that another installment will be distributed next week as well. Last week’s revenue was GHC62 million, while this week’s revenue is GHC30 million.
We are anticipating another GHC62 million in the upcoming period. Would you mind taking a look at the quantum of money? The number of nurses has experienced a substantial increase, reaching close to 150 percent. Considering the fact that 30,000 students are admitted every year, it is evident that there will be 30,000 students graduating in the next three years.
At this time, the Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Former President John Dramani Mahama, requested that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia provide the nursing trainees with their allowance.
It is worth mentioning that during Mr. Mahama’s time in office, he made the decision to discontinue the payment of allowances to teaching and nursing trainees.
This was done with the intention of increasing accessibility to training institutions for a larger number of individuals. He expressed his concern that the payment of the allowance was potentially limiting access to education for a larger number of individuals.
President Akufo-Addo, upon assuming office, made the decision to restore the allowance.
According to the nurse trainees, they have not received any payment from the government for the past two years.