The management of the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA) following a decision for Free SHS graduates to be given nursing training to assist nurses has called for a suspension of the impending training.
GRNMA comment comes after the Deputy Director of YEA, Alhaji Bashiru in a discussion told Daily Graphic newspaper his outfit August would soon recruit some 5,000 Senior High School graduates to support nurses on CHPS compounds.
“YEA will recruit 5,000 SHS graduates by end of August to help nurses on CHPS compounds. The TVET Service will get the experts to train them and will deploy them,” the Employment Agency official told the Accra-based news publisher.
Alhaji indicated that the Free Senior High School graduates will help nurses with services including recording medical history and symptoms, conducting physical examinations and providing simple besides care to patients.
“The Agency is collaborating with the Ghana Health Service within the Community Health Worker programme to train the selected graduates and deploy them to Community Health Based Planning Service (CHPS) compounds,” he added
To ensure that qualified Free SHS graduates are recruited, the Deputy Director said the Employment Agency (YEA) would work closely with the Ghana Police Service (GPS) to ensure beneficiaries have no criminal records.
But, the Association in a statement has said the decision is very disturbing and a clear displacement of Ghana’s priority to achieve the targets of Sustainable Development Goal 3 (SDG 3) and Universal Health Coverage by 2030.
As a matter of urgency, the Registered Nurses and Midwives Association has called on the management of the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) to suspend the nursing training to be conducted for the Free SHS graduates.
“The YEA should as a matter of urgency halt the training of the SHS graduates since the recording of medical history and symptoms, conducting a physical examination can only be provided by trained health personnel,” it stated.
GRNMA further said any training of SHS graduates which does not conform to standards set out by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (N&MC) will pose a threat to the lives of all Ghanaians especially those in our rural communities.
“The government for that matter should recruit the thousands of nurses and midwives waiting to be employed especially the over 10,000 Nurse Assistants who have already accessed the MOH recruitment portal,” GRNMA noted.
The Association has therefore urged all nurses and midwives waiting to be posted and those waiting for the MOH recruitment portal to be opened to remain calm leadership of the Association engages the central government.