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YEA's 3,000 untrained community nurses in the health sector not deeded — GRNMA to government.

Ghana has been in dire need of nurses for centuries now. But quite recently, we have been able to train as many as possible to meet the health needs of the country. Quite recently, Ghana as a county has signed an agreement with several countries overseas to export some of these professionally trained nurses. As of now, over 20,000 professionally trained nurses are still at home without a job.

The government announced some months ago that they are going to create over 1,000,000 jobs. Meanwhile, the health sector is in dire need of nurses to assist doctors in their health delivery. The Youth Employment Agency has therefore announced that they are in the process to train about 3,000 people as community nurses as part of the government's agenda.

However, the General Secretary of the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwifery Association Dr. David Tenkorang — Twum has rejected this move. He said this when he was interviewed on the Joy News' Monday afternoon news.

He argued that the GRNMA does not understand why over 20,000 professionally trained nurses are languishing in the house and need jobs. These trained nurses have been crying out for jobs but have not been addressed. He added that they cannot sit unconcerned for these people who have no training to be engaged in the health sector. It has become a norm since time immemorial that it is only certified nurses who are supposed to practice in our health services and deliveries. And this is however the order everywhere in the world. So, they wouldn't buy that idea to see them in hospitals. He admitted that they, such people were recruited and have previously worked in many hospitals in the country but they wouldn't tolerate that anymore.

Dr. David Tenkorang — Twum also queried that, he doubts if anyone or those pushing for this category of people to be engaged in the health sector are going to allow for these untrained community health workers to diagnose and treat them when they visit the hospital for medical attention. We are very much concerned about the health and well-being of Ghanaians and the populace in general. So, sitting unconcerned to risk patients' life is not going to be tolerated.

However, the Youth Employment Agency has refuted the claims by the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwifery Association that these community nurses are going to diagnose patients. According to him, they are just going to assist these professional health workers in the hospitals. Citing an example, he said they could be sent on errands. It is also a great way to get the best out of them as some are aspiring to be trained as professionals like them. So, this is going to be a stepping stone. He also added that this will build their confidence in their quest to apply for being in the nursing training schools.

The YEA has also confirmed that they have followed all the due processes and have engaged the Ghana Health Services and the Ministry of Health, Ghana. But that notwithstanding, they are also going to engage the GRNMA so that the process can happen and go on smoothly.

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