Restoring the allowances of trainee Nurses is one of the so-called achievements the NPP government has been bragging about.
However, despite making so much noise about it, it turns out the students are not even receiving the allowances on time.
In a statement released by the National Health Students’ Association of Ghana (NAHSAG), they begged the government to make the allowances be paid on time because their members are suffering.
Some are even sleeping on empty stomachs whilst others have to walk to school due to not receiving any money since September or even earlier.
“This issue has become increasingly alarming and we have received a series of complaints from our members who form part of these three groups of people and have duly served, as expected, in various health facilities and, as such, meet the needed requirements to receive their allowances.” Mr Moses N. Bondong, NAHSAG President said in a statement.
It continued: “The delayed nurse trainee allowance has contributed to a lot of the trainees’ inability to settle debts owed their various institutions such as school fees, even though they are left with just a couple of weeks to end the semester.
“[Some parents of the trainees] depend on these allowances to pay the fees of their wards, hence, sometimes do not believe their wards when they are told allowances have not been paid”.
The statement added: “[Newly-inducted graduates have had to go to work] on foot and on empty stomachs. Some have borrowed monies from family, friends and even banks to cater to their upkeep, with the hope of paying back but end up going through all manner of stress due to their inability to settle their debts. The plight of rotation nurses is no different and even goes beyond six months in arrears.
“The situation is very disheartening and needs urgent and immediate attention.” the statement concluded.
What future does this country have at all under these our politicians!