The National Health Students Association says government’s efforts to reduce unemployment through the introduction of the Nation Builders Corps programme are commendable.
However, the association raised concerns about the “Heal Ghana” module of the programme which seeks to engage the services of unemployed graduate health professionals on a contract basis for 3 years with monthly stipends of GHS700.
According to the President of the Association, Richard Osei Yeboah, the Nation Builders Corps initiative is good but it is not good for nurses and other professionals in the health sector.
“We praise government for its initiative to reduce unemployment for the youth. We appreciate government’s effort. We think that NABCO is a good thing that will benefit other people but not health professionals, that is why we are against the Heal Ghana module under NABCO,” he stated.
The association says it fears government may use the NABCO programme to deny its members financial clearance which government had promised will be done in March for them to be permanently employed.
They have also raised objections against the remuneration packaged promised in the NABCO offer.
“The salaries or wages whatever you call it under NABCO are something we cannot accept, we cannot accept temporary employment, we need permanent employment”, they declared.
They maintained that members of the nursing fraternity are not going to partake in the ongoing registration process for NABCO recruitment until government heeds their plight.
Mr. Osei Yeboah spoke to 3news.com on the sidelines of a demonstration convened by the National Health Students’ Association Of Ghana (NAHSAG), to press home their demands of permanent employment with better conditions of service.
The demonstration which started at the Obra spot at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle, had representation from the Ghana Nursing and Midwives Trainees Association (GNMTA), Physician Assistant Students Association of Ghana (PASSAG), Private Universities Nurses Association of Ghana (PUNAG), University Nursing Students Association of Ghana (UNSAG), Federation of Ghana Medical Laboratory Sciences Students Association of Ghana (FG-MELSA), Coalition of Private Unemployed Nurses (COPUN), Coalition of Degree Allied Health Professionals, Coalition of Unposted Allied Health Professionals and other concerned citizen.
Mr. Osei Yeboah said the demonstration is not to reject the NABCO programme but rather it is to reject the “Heal Ghana” module under the NABCO programme.
“We’re not rejecting NABCO in its entirety, we are rejecting the ‘Heal Ghana’ module under NABCO”, he said.
They believe government will listen to their plight and reconsider its decision to engage them under the “Heal Ghana” Module.