The Coalition of Unemployed Bonded Nurses and Midwives have threatened to storm the office of the President (Jubilee House) with parents to petition the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on October 29, 2018 over non posting since last two years.
The Association, however, denied a statement made by the Minister of Health, Hon Kwaku Agyemang Manu, at a mid-year program of the Nurses and Midwifery Council on September 10, 2018 that, the Ministry of Health had received financial clearance for the recruitment of Bonded Nurses and Midwives.
The President of the association, Daniel Obour, addressing the media today said, their meeting with the Human Resource Department and the Executive Director and the Health Institution Secretariat at the Ministry of Health indicated that there was no clearance for Bonded Nurses and Midwives as was reported earlier.
“We therefore want to state categorically and to the media and the general public that Bonded Nurses and Midwives have still not been given financial clearance to be recruited”. Said Daniel Obuor.
Members of the Bonded unemployed nurses and midwives are alerting the Health Minister, Hon.Kwaku Agyemang-Manu and the entire governing body of the ruling New Patriotic Party that the year has almost ended and Bonded nurses and Midwives are still not posted.
He added that, It was a joyful moment when the budget was read and twenty-seven thousand (27,000) nurses and midwives were captured to be enrolled permanently, this was reiterated by the then Minister of Information Hon. Mustapha Hamid on 20th February 2018 at a press conference held at the Jubilee house.
However, the information is yet to bear edible fruit because we can categorically state without equivocation that no bonded nurse/midwife has been cleared and employed in the year 2018.He further indicated .
Financially, we have difficulties among members due to inability to establish our own work. Our knowledge and skills gained during the period of training are kept under-lock which we take as a serious situation that the entire nation must be worried about.
We are not able to further our education nor wine down the years of promotion and study leave neither are we to be released off the bond since the countdown begins from the date of our appointment as permanent staff by the government.
We believe that this situation is an indication of clear abuse of Human Right so far as bonded Nurses and midwives remain unemployed.
We the bonded nurses and midwives are in a state of dilemma where the president of Ghana, who is a human right lawyer by profession and knows the implication of legal document like ours (BOND) do not give it the needed attention.
In line with that, a petition was sent through six regional ministers on the 5th September 2018, for onward submission to the president of the Republic of Ghana. The silence on the part of the president gives a clear indication that the petition has not gotten to the president of the Republic of Ghana.