Degree trainee nurses across the country are calling for an extension of the nurses and midwives training allowance to them. They argue that with a structure similar to that of their colleagues at the training colleges, enjoying the restored allowance is in order.
This appeal comes in the wake of the restoration of the nurses and midwives trainee allowance which was scrapped by the erstwhile Mahama Led National Democratic Congress [NDC] government.
Speaking in an interview on Radio Ghana’s “Behind the News”, Isaac Kyei, a degree trainee nurse at the University of Ghana said, “Clinical training involves a lot of financial commitment. To reduce the financial constraints students have to go through, government should work to extend the allowance to us”.
Reacting to the demands of the degree trainee nurses, the Director General of the Ghana Health Service [GHS], Dr. Anthony Nsiah Asare said, government is considering extending the allowance to the degree nurses.
Director General of the Ghana Health Service [GHS], Dr. Anthony Nsiah Asare
However, he noted that considering the economic challenges the country grapples with, it will be important for authorities have a careful review of the issue before rolling it out to those in the universities.
The Director General lauded the restoration of the trainee allowance by President Akufo Addo. He described it as a good social intervention aimed at reducing the financial burden of trainee nurses.
Dr. Nsiah Asare dismissed claims that the re-introduction of the allowance will lead to a decrease in the admission of trainee nurses. On the contrary, he noted it would increase intake.
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