Allied Health Interns suspend Kumasi protest after financial clearance

Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, health minister

The Coalition of Unpaid Allied Health Interns has suspended its planned protest in the Ashanti Regional capital, Kumasi, its leadership has said.

This is in response to financial clearance secured by the Health Ministry to pay delayed allowances of its members who were on one-year mandatory rotation at various health facilities nationwide.

In all, 5,239 diploma nurses and midwives and allied health professionals who completed licensure exams will receive GH¢871 per month with effect from October 1, 2021, to September 2022. 

The Controller and Accountant General’s Department has been directed to make the payments.

“The emoluments of the interns should be charged against the compensation of employees vote of the Ministry of Health in the 2022 annual estimates”, a statement from the Finance Ministry said. 

Talking to Asaase Radio in Accra President of the group Frederick Adjei expects due process to be followed for a successful payment of their 12 months’ stipends.

“We have also received this notification after meeting the Ministry of Health on Monday. I have directed my members to make all their documents available to start the process. We initially planned a protest in Kumasi but that has been suspended for now so we focus on the processes. We remain grateful to the government for this timely intervention”, Frank said.

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