We are not posting senior high school graduates to serve as nurses or doctors.
That is the response from Youth Employment Agency after it received backlash over its ongoing enrollment of senior high school graduates for deployment to rural health centres across the country.
The job description of the recruits is to help nurses with recording medical history and symptoms, conducting physical examinations, and providing simple bedside care to patients, mostly in rural communities.
The Head of Corporate Affairs of the agency, Emmanuel Kwasi Afriyie, dispelled rumours that the high school levers will be attending to patients. He also urged the general public not to be discouraged in accessing healthcare from the various CHPS compounds across the country because “We (YEA) are not posting SHS graduates to act as nurses or doctors.”
The Youth Employment Agency (YEA) says it is well-equipped to pay the 5,000 senior high school graduates who will at the end of this month be employed to assist with basic health care delivery at CHPS compounds in rural communities.
Speaking on the Point of View on Citi TV, Emmanuel Kwasi Afriyie, argued that all the agency’s programmes under this administration have been sustained and this will be no exception.
“Since the time we had lawyer Justin Koduah as CEO till the time of my current boss, there has never been any instance where our beneficiaries have come out to complain about unpaid allowances. We manage our programmes very well.”
“We are fully prepared to sustain the programme.”
He further indicated that the programme beneficiaries will be paid GH¢500.
The YEA announced that 5,000 senior high school graduates will at the end of this month be employed to assist with basic health care delivery, such as recording medical history of patients at CHPS compounds located in rural communities.
However, in a statement released to the press, the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA) indicated that “Nursing and Midwifery is a profession that requires at least two to four years of intense training in both academic and practical skills.
“It is therefore unacceptable to infiltrate the system with three months or less trained individuals to nurse patients at a level as important as the CHPS which has been considered as one of the pragmatic strategies for achieving universal health coverage of a basic package of essential primary health services with international recognition.”
The Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association described the move as disturbing and opposed the idea, as it maintains that only skilled professionals should be engaged.
The Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, in reaction to this, said the system has been in place since 2016 and is geared toward community engagement, not clinical work.
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