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Graduate Nurses and Midwives demand permanent employment in nationwide Demonstrations

By Angelina Tukpe

The Graduate Unemployed Nurses and Midwives Association (G.U.N.M.A) has recently taken a firm stance against the government’s neglect towards over 7,500 qualified professionals who are still waiting for financial clearance and permanent employment. The association’s Public Relations Officer, Sarah Mensah, expressed their discontent during a press conference held on Monday, February 26, 2024.

Mensah has drawn attention to the frustration of graduate nurses and midwives who have completed their training across various public universities and training colleges and passed their licensing exams successfully but are still unemployed. The association has given the government a deadline to address their concerns and planned demonstrations in Tamale, Wa, and Kumasi on the first of March. However, the demonstration in Accra is currently on hold.

The government’s collaboration with the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) to recruit high school graduates for ward duties, while ignoring qualified professionals, has intensified the grievances of the G.U.N.M.A. They view this move as a disregard for their expertise and qualifications.

Through their platform, the association aims to rally support from stakeholders and the Ministries of Health and Finance to expedite the release of financial clearances and provide permanent employment for their members. The looming demonstrations serve as a reminder of the pressing need for action to address the plight of graduate nurses and midwives across the country.

Source: Adoanews.com

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