FLASHBACK: President Nana Akufo-Addo with some nurses
The Ministry of Health has announced October 10, 2017 as the day for the launch of the restoration of the long-awaited nurses and midwives trainees allowances.
The allowance scheme when restored will benefit some 68,000 students across all public health training institutions in the country.
Under the new allowance system, every student is entitled to an amount of GH¢ 400 monthly.
The restoration of the allowances is in fulfilment of the campaign promise made by President Akufo-Addo, then presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
This was contained in a press release signed by the Head of Public Relations at the Health Ministry, Robert Cudjoe.
Ever since the NPP took over power, many people have been worried that the president has been silent on when one of his campaign promises of restoring the allowances would be implemented.
The allowances which were scrapped by the then governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) was met with strong contempt from the nursing trainees who complained bitterly about the untold difficulties it had brought upon them.
The NDC government then insisted the continuous payment of the allowances would threaten the future of Ghana’s economy.
But the Health Ministry has announced that all is set for the restoration of the allowances and the cost of the restoration duly captured in the 2017 budget.
The launch of the restoration of the allowances will be held at the Nursing and Midwifery Training School in Sunyani in the Brong-Ahafo Region.
President Akufo-Addo is expected to grace the launch as the special guest of honour and the main speaker.
Gibril Abdul Razak