Government has been urged to as a matter of urgency intervene to create employment opportunities to relieve the plight of jobless nurses and midwives in the country.
This according to Asare Bediako Obed, Greater Accra Zonal President of the Ghana Association of Health Training Institutions (GAHTI), is the surest way to go in helping reduce the burden of unemployment on the youth especially trainee nurses and midwives thereby paving way for them to live in dignity.
Trainee nurses and midwives are currently battling with government over unemployment issues two years after completion of studies.
Mr Asare Bediako made the appeal whilst presenting assorted items to the inmates of Pantang Mental Hospital on behalf of Greater Accra Zone of GAHTI in Accra on Saturday.
Items donated included 2 bags of rice, 15 bags of sachet mineral water, packs of toothpaste, toilet rolls, detergents, second hand clothes, shoes and bags amongst others.
Nelson Kwarko-Darboh, a nursing officer who received the items on behalf of the hospital administration, thanked GAHTI for the kind gesture, pledging the items will be utilized effectively for the intended purposes.
He appealed to other benevolent organizations and individuals to emulate the gesture.
The donation was made possible through kind contribution of members of the association who are students from various nursing and midwifery training intuitions in Accra and solely supported by Dr. Ezanetor Rawlings, NDC Parliamentary Aspirant for Korley Klottey Constituency.
According to Asare Bediako Obed, the donation forms part of activities to mark the Association’s sixteen years anniversary which targets specific wards – 11 (female), 12 and 13 – in a move to put a smile on faces of patients.
It equally seeks to create awareness on GAHTI’s week celebration scheduled to take place in April 16 to April 24 on the theme: “The role of health trainees in the prevention of breast cancer”.
Meanwhile, GAHTI members earlier embarked on a clean-up exercise getting rid of filth thoroughly within and around the three specific wards earmarked as beneficiaries of GAHTI.
The occasion also witnessed the introduction of 21 beautiful ladies who will be vying for the face of GAHTI, a beauty queen pageant slated for April this year where one queen who stands the chance of winning will be crowned as the next face of GAHTI.
GAHTI is an association of health trainees from both private and public health training institutions in Ghana.
By Joseph Komla Wemakor