Student Nurses cry over Unpaid Allowances

The National Health Students’ Association of Ghana (NAHSAG) has called on the Ministry of Health (MoH) to pay nurses their Training allowances and facilitate the payment of three months National Service allowances owed to them, as soon as possible.

According to NAHSAG the unpaid allowances has forced many nurses into economic hardships, worsening their plight.

“The delayed nursing trainee allowances has contributed to a lot of trainees’ inability to settle debt owed to their various institutions such as school fees even though they are left with just a couple of weeks to end the semester.”

NAHSAG explained that, the MoH sponsored National Service personnel have not received their allowances since September, 2019, pushing them to borrow excessively. They pointed out that, Rotation nurses have also not received their allowances for six months.

“The story of Ministry of Health sponsored National service personnel is no different as they have not received payments since September 2019… Some have borrowed monies from family, friends and even banks to cater for their upkeep with the hope of paying back but end up going through all manner of stress due to inability to settle their debts. The plight of Rotation Nurses is no different and even goes beyond six (6) months arrears.”

NAHSAG therefore urged the Ministry of Health (MoH) and all other relevant stakeholders involved in the payment of these allowances to facilitate payments as “students and fresh graduates are going through trying times”.

Source: Jonas Danquah || 

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