The Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Victor Bampoe has announced that government has released allowances for nursing trainees in all government assisted colleges.
He disclosed this during an interaction with students and staff of Atibie Midwifery and Nursing Training College at Atibie in the Kwahu South district of the Eastern region on Thursday, 10th November, 2016.
The Deputy Health Minister said nursing trainees will start receiving their allowance in coming days and noted that the amount covers a period of three months. This, he said will give room for the necessary arrangements to be made for students to access loans to continue their education.
He further noted that President John Mahama’s administration is on record for being the government which has invested so heavily in the health sector over the last four years.
Dr Bampoe mentioned Polyclinics completed or at various stages of completion across the regions, over 17 district hospitals, CHPS compounds, and major facilities like the University of Ghana Medical Center, the Ridge Hospital, the Kumasi Military Hospital which he said will create thousands of jobs for students.
Dr Bampoe emphasised that as a visionary leader Mahama is committed to the wellbeing of every Ghanaian and has invested over two billion dollars in the provision of infrastructure, over 267 million dollars in the provision of modern equipment under the National Equipment Replacement Programme and government is expanding training facilities.
“We have increased training facilities from 25 to about 96 over the last few years and these include 10 private ones. Over the last seven months we have employed over 7,000 nurses and the facilities we are building are guaranteeing you of jobs,” he assured.
Earlier the Principal of the Atibie Midwifery and Nursing Training College, Paulina Osabutey commended government for the support and appealed for the provision of additional hostels, staff bungalows and a 100kVa generator to the school.
Chief of Staff Mr. Debrah wished the students well and urged them to make the right choice in the December 7 elections to guarantee a better future for themselves.
Key among the dignitaries who graced the event were the Eastern regional Minister Mavis Frimpong and her deputy, Professor Kwamena Ahwoi, some national and regional executives of the NDC.