General News of Thu, 6 Sep 201817
Bonded nurses threaten massive demo to Jubilee House in 3-weeks
Hundreds of unemployed nurses across the country have given the government a three-week ultimatum to ensure they are employed.
The aggrieved nurses are threatening a mammoth demonstration at the Jubilee House if their concerns are not addressed in the next 21 days.
Dozens of the chanting nurses hit the streets of some of the country’s regional capitals in protest over government’s failure to employ them after school.
The demonstration simultaneously took place in six regional capitals with the angry nurses making their concerns clear.
In the Northern Region, the graduate nurses and midwives marched through some principal streets of Tamale and finally converged at the regional coordinating council where they presented a petition to the Northern Regional Minister Salifu Saeed.
The situation was no different in the Ashanti region. The frustrated nurses forwarded a petition to the president on the same matter. But this drew the displeasure of Deputy Ashanti regional minister, Elizabeth Agyemang.
LUV FM’s Nana Yaw Gyimah followed the nurses as they marched through parts of the Ashanti regional capital.
In the Upper West Region, Rafik Salam reported the nurses as saying they would join forces with their colleagues in other regions to stage a massive protest at the Jubilee House in three weeks if their concerns remain unresolved.
The situation was no different in the Central Region capital Cape Coast and the Upper East region.
Acting President of the Private Nurses, Richmond Asomaning Marfo told Joy News' Aisha Ibrahim on the Pulse government has taken them for granted for far too long.
According to him, government has given several promises to them but nothing concrete has come out of it.
He warned the massive demonstration to the Jubilee House will be organized to drum home their demands to be employed.
But the PRO for the Health Ministry Robert Cudjoe has appealed for calm.
While admitting delay in giving clearance to the bonded nurses, he said government is working around the clock to meet their needs.
He blamed the situation on the bureaucracy in the payment of salaries to fresh government appointees.