Promise to restore Nursing trainee allowance was not for votes – Akufo-Addo

President Akufo Addo says his campaign promise to restore the nursing trainee allowance during the 2016 election was not to deceive Ghanaians to vote for him.

The President shortly after officially restoring the allowance at a ceremony Tuesday at the Sunyani Nursing and Midwifery Training College took to Facebook to state that Ghana needs committed health care workers in order to have a world-class healthcare system.

He posted: “This morning, at the Sunyani Nursing and Midwifery Training College, I fulfilled, yet, another campaign pledge made to the people of Ghana in the run-up to the 2016 elections – the Restoration of the Nursing and Midwifery Training Allowances.

“The pledge was not mere political rhetoric, campaign talk, and neither was it to deceive nursing trainees in order to get their votes. It was much more than that.

“We believed, and still believe, that Ghana needs all the nurses and healthcare workers she can get, if the nation is to have a solid, world-class healthcare system, and we think it necessary to provide the relevant incentives to make that possible”.

Background

The restoration of the Nursing trainee allowance was a key New Patriotic Party (NPP) campaign promise after the John Mahama administration scrapped the allowance to allow the various training colleges to admit more students. It replaced the allowance with a students’ loan scheme.

But the Mahama government later agreed to pay a reduced allowance for the trainees temporarily, after protests, until such a time that they are finally moved onto the students’ loan scheme.

About 58,000 trainee nurses and midwives are expected to benefit from this restoration.

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