The Ghana Nurses and Midwives Association says it will continue to encourage its members who are yet to be absorbed into the mainstream health sector not to register for the Heal Ghana Module under the government’s Nation Builders Corp (NABCO) programme.
The President of the association, Dr. Kwaku Asante Krobea who announced this on Radio Ghana’s “Behind the News” on Monday indicates the module is not only inappropriate but pure injustice.
He notes a major flaw of the Heal Ghana Module is the unclear specification of the terms of the conditions of service for nurses as required. He says this will put those who enroll onto the programme in a position that will go against their interest.
“We will not let our people register and join because of the unspecified conditions of service the NABCO project is presenting to nurses and midwives who will be enrolled unto it and also the remuneration of GHS 700. We have said the skills they are bringing onboard is worth far more than that amount”.
Dr. Asante Krobea indicates until government relents to negotiate with the aggrieved nurses for better conditions of service, none of their members will join the programme.
‘We also know that we are not obliged to join the programme. If government is not going to accept our request which is for better conditions of service for the nurses and midwives who will join the programme, they can take it”.
According to Dr, Asante Krobea, the association has presented a proposal for consideration to the authorities of NABCO and is hoping for a positive outcome.
“The managers of NABCO convened a meeting and they invited us and I made a proposal that we are unhappy about the salary they are going to give them and the conditions of service therefore they should open up a channel of communication for us to sit around the table and discuss the conditions of service. They have accepted so we are waiting for them to call us”.
A rather emotionally charged Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Health, Rubert Kudjoe reacting to the position of the nurses described their stance as insensitive to the plight of the nation. According to him, the focus of the programme is not to enrich people but to afford them the opportunity to contribute their bit to develop country.
By: ATL FM News