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Professional nurses under the Heal Ghana Module of Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) have petitioned the government and Ghana Health Service to enrol them as full-time staff.
According to them, the exposure as health workers during this Coronavirus pandemic exposes them to the potential risk of contracting the virus.
They, therefore, urged the government to appreciate their services by providing full inclusiveness in the health sector and give them stimulus packages that will motivate them to continue discharging their services.
In a statement copied to GhanaWeb, the group has threatened to withdraw their services if the government fails to adhere to their request.
They are also demanding an increment of their monthly allowance from GHC699.25 to GHC1000 as compensation for their relentless efforts and years of sacrifices made towards the extension of health care delivery in the country.
Below is a full statement
Nabco, Heal Ghana Nurses(Powered by CONAT)
Petition to Government: Give us Stimulus packages and permanent jobs else we will fall back amid the needful time of this Pandemic
We are grateful to the government led by H.E Nana Addo Dankwa for the timely intervention, Nation Builders Corps, which for close to two years has seen partial engagement of professional nurses under the Heal Ghana Module who were idle home after years of completing the various colleges and universities with the huge toll comprising 2013-2017 graduates of enrolled nurses.
Considerately, upon the inception of Nabco, a lot of graduate nurses were unwilling to subscribe to the course of nation-building due to reasons best known to them. However, we the section of nurses under Heal Ghana stood firm behind the government and eschewed all impudence, pride and traumas over possible low recognition against permanent colleagues with same certificates working in the various health sectors and most importantly the acknowledgement of the meagre allowance earmarked for the tedious services associated with our profession.
However, with determination, enthusiasm and insatiable patriotism to our quest of Nation Building, we bought into the idea of Nation Building and have modestly worked in the various health facilities complimenting the government's commitments to expanding healthcare services across the length and breadth of this country.
We must admit, putting aside the envious juicy benefits reserved for permanent staffs, all duties towards health care delivery are assigned and performed equally between Nabco recruits and permanent staffs and in all circumstances, we as Heal Ghana Nurses have never resented and compromised our services because we love our country and the people.
Nevertheless, in the wake of the recent development of Coronavirus which is apparently spreading insidiously across the regions of this country, it is our panicking concern that every health personnel especially we the nurses having close contacts with patients at the various wards are at potential risk, therefore, this is the time for government to appreciate our services by full inclusiveness in health sector and giving us stimulus packages requisite to motivate us to continue discharging our selfless services.
Respectfully, we wish to reach out below our appeal to the government through the office of the C.E.O of Nabco, to the Office of the President, Ministry of Health, and Ministry Employment.
1. Request for Ghana Health Service to consider Nabco Trainees first in the upcoming recruitment. Particularly, we request that the portal is been opened to enrolled nurses under Heal Ghana who since 2013 have been neglected from accessing the portal and receive clearance for permanent job. We are much concerned with we the enrolled nurses who currently occupy greater number of Nabco recruits under Heal Ghana because since we got engaged, a lot of postings have been done seeing some of our colleagues grabbing permanent appointments including those who didn't recognize Nabco job opportunity and sacrifices as worthy enough.
2. Request for extra allowances or commensurate increment of the monthly allowance from ¢699.25 to ¢1000.
3. Full life insurance package for all nurses under Heal Ghana Module of Nabco Initiative.
It is our utmost appeal that, the government gives urgent attention to our petition, and compensate our relentless efforts and years of sacrifices we've made towards extension of health care delivery.
We wish to maintain the position that if the government fails to adhere to the concerns raised, we will be left with no other option than to withdraw our services in the critical moments needed and again exercise cautions in our service delivery.
The C.O.E of Nabco
The President of the Republic of Ghana
The Minister of Health
The Minister of Employment
Gladys Seguwa Mensah
Secretary to the Group
Nana Barimah Asamoah Patron Coalition of Nabco Trainees
PRO, Coalition of Nabco Trainees
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