The Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyemang Manu says government has since 2017 recruited over 54,000 health personnel in the country.

“Since 2017, the Government has provided financial clearance for 54,892 [health personnel]. Majority of those cleared were outstanding from 2012 to 2016 including the private trainees,” he said at the Meet The Press Series on Thursday.

The Minister also said government has also digitized the recruitment and placement of personnel in a bid to ease such processes.

“The Ministry has launched an electronic platform to facilitate recruitment and placement of staff at health facilities.”

Restoration of allowances

The Minister has also mentioned that government has released monies to pay the accumulated allowances of trainee nurses.

“Government has restored allowance to nurses in Ministry of Health Training Institutions. Currently a total of 57,000 trainees are benefiting from the restoration exercise at a cost of GHc20,400,000 per month. 100% of total commitment amounting to GHS 210.8 million for 2017-2018 academic year has been paid. Government had also paid the seven months of 2018/2019 academic year. GHc57.8 million warrant has been released for the payment of the rest of the months,” he added.

Unemployed nurses in the country continue to mount pressure on government for failing to provide them with jobs years after completing their training.

They say, their efforts have always been fruitless. Some of gone to the extent of spending nights at the Ministry to force government to post them.

In all of such cases, the Health Ministry usually appeal to them to exercise restraint while government put in measures to post them.