Vice President Bawumia announces GH¢177 million allocation for trainee nurses

Vice President Bawumia announces GH¢177 million allocation for trainee nurses

Vice President Dr. has announced that the has approved a sum of GH¢177 million to be disbursed to trainee nurses across Ghana. This move aims to clear all outstanding debts owed to the trainees by the end of the week.

Speaking at a meeting with nurses and midwives in , Dr. Bawumia, the 's 2024 flagbearer, emphasized the government's commitment to fulfilling its promises. “This Thursday, the Controller is transferring GH¢177 million to the to pay the nurses' trainee allowances. I have also alerted Dr. Okoe-Boye to be on standby. When the money hits the Ministry of Health account, they should move it quickly to the accounts of the nurse trainees so that they will have their allowances. It will drop,” he assured.

This announcement follows an encounter Dr. Bawumia had with a final-year nursing student during a campaign event in the . The student informed him that she had never received the government allowance (‘allawa'). In response, Dr. Bawumia promised to address the issue with the Ministry of Finance. “I wasn't sure of where you were with your ‘allawa', but I think that I will check with the Ministry of Finance immediately after I return. And I will make sure they pay you your ‘allawa' if it has not been paid,” he said.

Dr. Bawumia also reaffirmed his commitment to the continuation of the nurses' and teacher trainees' allowances, despite occasional delays, and pledged to ensure timely payments to support the trainees. Additionally, he mentioned ongoing efforts to reduce the backlog of unemployed nurses and midwives, specifically targeting the 2020 and 2021 batches.

“As the Vice President, I am dedicated to supporting the work of our nurses and midwives, especially with the coming on stream of the state-of-the-art facilities,” Dr. Bawumia stated. He further acknowledged the vital role of nurses and midwives, describing them as highly skilled professionals whose expertise, empathy, and dedication significantly enhance health outcomes, reduce healthcare expenses, and improve the overall well-being of individuals and communities.

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