Former President John Dramani Mahama, the Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has revealed that the next NDC-led government aims to abolish the quota system for enrolling student nurses into Nursing Training Colleges.
Mahama emphasized that the government's focus will shift towards investing in the establishment of more health facilities, including CHPS Compounds, new Polyclinics, Health Centres, and Hospitals. The objective is to generate additional job opportunities for nurses upon completing their courses.
Addressing the student nurses, Mahama expressed his commitment to creating a robust healthcare system: “The brain drain syndrome in the health sector had surged in recent times due to unemployment, and [we] promise to fix the economy by creating more jobs for the fruits and prosperity to be shared among all Ghanaians.”
During the visit, students displayed placards in support of Mahama's candidacy in 2024. Mahama highlighted the importance of the decision to replace training allowances with the Students Loan Scheme during the NDC's previous government, a move opposed by the opposition NPP at the time.
He also drew attention to the delayed allowances for second-year student nurses, urging President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Dr. Mahmoud Bawumia to address the issue promptly.
As part of his commitment to the college, Mahama instructed the Member of Parliament for Ellembelle, Mr. Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, to provide the institution with a new water pump. The college's principal, Mrs. Cecilia Boame, highlighted the urgent need for a new 60-seater bus to facilitate student transportation for clinical services.
The visit was part of Mahama's two-day Building Ghana Tour, seeking input from stakeholders to shape the new NDC manifesto. The Ellembelle MP assured that he would address the challenges faced by student nurses and expressed gratitude to Mahama for his previous contributions to the health sector.
The Student Representative Council (SRC) President commended Mahama for his past interventions and expressed confidence in his commitment to spearheading Ghana's development.