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We have no obligation towards private nurses – deputy health minister

A deputy Minister of Health Kingsley Aboagye Gyedu has stressed government has no responsibility towards nurses who graduate from private nursing and midwifery institutions in terms of employment.

Nonetheless, he stated government will do all in its power to find them places to work.

Scores of graduate nurses from private health institutions last week massed up at the Health Ministry demanding to be employed.

Addressing a durbar of management and staff of the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital on a three day tour of President Akuffo Addo to the Western Region Mr. Aboagye Gyedu explained the NPP government came to meet a backlog of six batches of graduate nurses who were unemployed.

However, he said government has in the past six months employed fifteen thousand of nurses from the state nursing and midwifery institutions.

This, he noted has reduced drastically the number of unemployed nurses in the country.

The deputy health minister also touched on other debts that the government inherited from the NDC with respect to health delivery including the National Health Insurance Scheme and the vaccination program.

He indicated government has already settled some of the debts.

The Health Minister said of the NHIS: “when we took over we had a debt to the tune of about GHC1.2 million and that is what probably explains why the health insurance was not working effectively. But over the last six months we have work tirelessly and we have reduce the debt from GHC1.2billion to about GHC700million”.

“Just before I left Accra we had a meeting with the World Bank who have agreed that an amount of US$10 million that was withheld from us [Ghana] under the MCHIP program will be brought back purposely to clear arrears of the national health insurance for only the primary health care providers”.

 

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