Coalition of unemployed nurses, midwives threaten demo

nurses-620x330The Northern Regional Chapter of the Coalition of unemployed Nurses and Midwives, has served notice of a demonstration against government on March 18 in Tamale.

The Coalition’s leadership at a news conference chastised government for failing to recruit them after their mandatory national service in 2015.

The Coalition’s President, Mohammed Abdul Wahab, told Citi News about 100 of them, graduates of the Tamale Nurses and Midwives Training College are unemployed.

“In a country where thousands of individuals still die from diseases like cholera and malaria, one wonders if the authority actually regards health as a matter of concern. Otherwise, what is the wisdom behind government’s neglect of posting qualified nurses and midwives,” Mr Wahab fumed.

“It is totally unacceptable when e have over 2,000 qualified nurses and midwives sitting at home while the nurse to patient ratio in the country is 1:22 as compared to the World Health Organization standard of 1:3.”

Mohammed Abdul Wahab further accused the authorities of selective recruitment saying, “Upon realizing that some of our colleagues have been selectively posted in August 2015 by the Ghana Health Service, a petition was sent to the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations and the Minister of Health but no response has been given. Hence we are giving government two weeks ultimatum; if they fail us, we will hit the streets.”

Another group calling itself the National Coalition of Unemployed Nurses and Midwives, were the first to express their anger. They have vowed to picket at the Flagstaff House by March 15, if government fails to address their concerns.

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