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Government using SHS grads for CHPS compounds is irresponsible – Minority

The government’s choice to fill Community Health Planning and Services (CHPS) compounds with Senior High School (SHS) graduates at a time when trained nurses, doctors, and other health personnel have not been hired has been criticized by the minority in parliament as unwise and irresponsible.

The Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives’ Association (GRNMA) had previously voiced opposition to this choice.

In an earlier statement, the association noted that: “Indeed the work in these rural communities can be quite daunting for CHNs to the extent that they can hardly have time to attend to their personal and career development issues. They therefore require assistance but not from Senior High School (SHS) graduates.”

“Nurse Assistant (Preventive) who are also appointed as CHNs. In total there is a backlog of over 20,000 nurses and midwives of all cadres belonging to 2019, 2020, 2021 batches also awaiting employment,” it added.

The statement further said the decision is “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.”

Addressing a press conference in Parliament on Thursday September 8, Ranking Member – Parliamentary Select Committee on Health, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, said “We the Minority in Parliament find it highly unfortunate and irresponsible that with the large numbers of trained doctors, nurses and other allied health professionals at home and waiting to be absorbed into the public health system, government would rather opt to recruit untrained and unlicensed high school leavers to fill in gaps within the healthcare system”.

“These ever-widening gaps of professional care within the health system is the direct consequence of government’s lack of sensitivity and concern for the welfare of health professionals.

“Contrary to the propaganda and noise government makes on addressing the welfare needs of health professional, most professionals can confirm that their conditions of service have deteriorated over the years.

“The economic challenges of hyperinflation and unprecedented depreciation of the Ghana Cedi under the Bawumia-led economic management team has eroded whatever value accrues as meagre salaries of all Ghanaian workers.”

Mohammed Awal, the Youth Employment Agency’s (YEA) Head of Public Affairs, said that this program is not brand-new.

He said it had been going since 2006 but had been stopped in 2018.

He explained that the SHS graduates receive a three-week training to prepare them for the task.

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