Health Trainees To Demonstrate Over Unpaid Allowances
The National Health Students Association of Ghana (NASHAG) has threatened a demonstration over unpaid allowances owed to their members by the government.
Also, the association is asking for health intern allowances owed to members from September 2021, health trainees’ allowance, and for government to post the 2019 batch of unemployed trained nurses.
The President of the Association, Priscilla Aikins in an interview said that efforts made to reach a consensus with the government have proven futile on their decision.
“Today, we seek an opportunity to tell our story and to demand our allowances from the authorities. In this instance, the government must honor its obligation toward us as health professionals who are ready and willing to offer our services to the state and its people after engaging them countless times. It is our call that government ensures that health intern allowances are paid without any further delay.”
She added, “That the 2019 second batch of nurses and the Unemployed Allied Health Group are posted without any further delay, that nursing training allowances arrears are paid as soon as possible in addition to making subsequent payments regular to meet its intended purpose. Health interns will be urged to stay home if we do not see any action from the government, and we are prepared to hit the streets on a peaceful work as well.”
However, she called on the government to set a date with the Pharmacy Council so that their colleagues would obtain their pins.
“We want an immediate date for examination with the Pharmacy Council to be set and communicated to our colleague pharmacy technologists to enable them to obtain their pin, and that the 2018 and 2019 batches of registered nursing assistants are posted without any further delay.”
Madam Priscilla urged the government to investigate claims that health students who completed school in 2020 were being posted based on their willingness to pay their way through.