Government has announced the release of allowances for nursing trainees in all government assisted colleges.
This was disclosed by deputy Health Minister, Dr Victor Bampoe, during an interaction with students at the Atibie Midwifery and Nursing Training College at Atibie in the Kwahu South district of the Eastern region Thursday.
Dr Bampoe whose announcement was received with deafening cheers from the excited students said some students will begin receiving the amount in the coming days.
He was addressing the students at a durbar held in honour of Chief of Staff Julius Debrah, a citizen of the area who is on a campaign tour of the region.
The deputy Health Minister said the students can cross check with their principals for proof, adding that the amount which covers a period of three months will give room for the necessary arrangements to be made for students to access loans to continue their education.
He 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.
Mr 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.
Mr. 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.