Government has voted GH¢23.2 million as allowances for 58,000 nursing trainees for the first term.
This means each beneficiary trainee will receive GH¢400 per term, effective September 1, 2017.
The government has fulfilled another campaign promise by reinstating the allowances for midwife/nursing trainees in the country.
The previous National Democratic Congress (NDC) government scrapped the allowance in 2014, but during the 2016 electioneering period, President Nana Akufo-Addo promised to restore the allowance for the trainees to go through a smooth training to serve the nation.
Speaking at the official launch of the restoration in Sunyani, the President said that government was committed to fulfilling all the campaign promises made during the 2016 electioneering period.
He said the reinstatement of the allowance was important to government, saying that it was not a mere political rhetoric and campaign talk.
The President assured his critics that with judicious use of public resources, the allowance would be sustained.
President Nana Akufo-Addo observed that many nurses and midwife trainees were demoralised when the allowances were cancelled, which brought untold hardships on them.
“I promised Ghanaians that my government is going to restore the allowance, and by the grace of God and generosity of Ghanaians, I am here to restore the allowance,” the President said.
He stated that 16,000 qualified nurses, midwives and other health professionals had been employed into the formal sector since his government assumed office.
He said more nurses and health professionals would also be employed by the end of the year, and assured those who attended private health institutions that they would also gain employment next year.
The President emphasised that his government was poised to build the country beyond aid, and urged Ghanaians to support it in the implementation of its flagship policies and programmes.
Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu stated that the set targets for the sustainable development goals could not be achieved without quality human resource base in the health sector.
He said the Health Ministry was aware of efforts being made by President Akufo-Addo towards the realisation of other pledges he made during the 2016 electioneering period.
On behalf of the beneficiary trainees, the Health Minister assured the President that the monies would be used judiciously whilst they remained focused to study seriously to come out as well-trained qualified professional nurses and midwives.
Pemampem Yaw Kagbrese V, the president of the Brong Ahafo Regional House of Chiefs, who presided, praised the government for the untiring efforts being made towards national reconstruction and progress.
He said the implementation of the Free Senior High School programme and restoration of the nurses and teachers’ allowances would bring huge financial relief to parents.
Pemampem Kagbrese, who is also the paramount chief of the Yeji Traditional Area, observed that the policies would help to resurrect the dying spirit of patriotism among the Ghanaian youth, and advised Ghanaians not to undermine the policies of the government but fully support in its implementation for accelerated national development.
Mrs. Josephine Ansu Gyeabour, the president of the Conference of Heads of Health Training and Education Institutions (COHHETI), said her outfit followed with keen interest the President’s promise and was excited by the fulfillment of it.
She observed that the financial burden on many of the nursing trainees would be reduced, and therefore charged the students to set high academic and moral objectives and learn hard to become committed health professionals to serve the nation.
Mrs Gyeabour reminded the students that the allowances were meant to support the payment of their school fees, and advised them to use the money wisely.
Mr Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh, the Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, said the region had 17 health training institutions, thus the restoration of the allowances would encourage more youth to enrol in those institutions.