GH¢177 million has been allocated to clear the backlog of allowances owed to trainee nurses-Bawumia.

Vice President Bawumia’s Commitment to Healthcare Professionals

In a significant move towards fulfilling his promises and supporting healthcare professionals, the Ghanaian government, under the leadership of Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has approved a substantial allocation of GH¢177 million to address the longstanding issue of unpaid allowances for trainee nurses across the nation.

During a recent gathering with nurses and midwives in Accra, Dr. Bawumia, the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for the 2024 elections, made the announcement, reaffirming the government’s unwavering commitment to meeting its obligations to the healthcare sector. The funds, sanctioned by the Ministry of Finance, are aimed at clearing all outstanding debts owed to trainee nurses by the end of the week, ensuring that these dedicated professionals should receive the support they deserve.

The Vice President’s assurance of timely disbursement was met with optimism and relief among the nursing community, especially in light of recent concerns raised by a final-year nursing student during a campaign event in the Bono Region. Dr. Bawumia promptly pledged to address the issue with the Ministry of Finance, underscoring the government’s proactive stance in resolving challenges faced by healthcare trainees.

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Dr. Bawumia emphasized the broader commitment to supporting nurses and teacher trainees, highlighting ongoing efforts to streamline processes and minimize delays in allowances. He acknowledged the importance of addressing the backlog of unemployed nurses and midwives, particularly those from the 2020 and 2021 batches, and assured that, steps were being taken to expedite their employment opportunities.

As part of the government’s holistic approach to healthcare, Dr. Bawumia highlighted the upcoming agenda 111 state-of-the-art facilities , which aim to enhance healthcare infrastructure across the country. He reiterated his dedication to supporting the invaluable work of nurses and midwives, recognizing them as highly skilled professionals who play a critical role in improving health outcomes and fostering community well-being.

His announcement of the GH¢177 million allocation reflects the government’s commitment to prioritizing the welfare of healthcare professionals and ensuring the provision of quality healthcare services to all citizens. As Ghana continues its journey towards comprehensive healthcare reform, such initiatives underscore the importance of collaborative efforts between government stakeholders and frontline healthcare workers in achieving sustainable progress and development.

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