‘Mr President, We’re starving’ — Rotation Nurses threaten protest over unpaid 7-mth allowances


A coalition of rotation nurses and midwives has given government a one-week ultimatum to pay all allowances due its members.

According to the group, the continued delay in paying their allowances since April 2019 is impacting negatively on them as they are no longer able to fulfill their financial obligations.

Clad in red bands, the group said their briefing is in reaction to plans to defray outstanding arrears in two months installments.

Convener of the group, Sutan Fabian, who narrated some of the hardships they have gone through at a press conference in Kumasi on Wednesday said: “The government has refused to pay us our service allowances after we have worked for six complete months and now ending the seventh month”.

“We always believe in using non-violent means and dialogue to address our concerns but failure to listen to and to act on the above sentiments within a period of one-week ultimatum will leave us with no option than to speak the language that the government understands better”, he fumed.

Some of the affected nurses have also been sharing their frustrations to DailyMailGh.

One of them, who wants to remain anonymous said, “What the government is doing is unfair. Sometimes we have to borrow money from our parents before we go to work. I spend more than GHS 12.00 every day before I get to work. Why should we suffer like this? What crime have we committed?” the angry nurse quizzed, as she held a placard with the inscription, “Mr President, We’re starving”.

The group also reminded the Ghana Registered Nurses And Midwives Association, identified as critical stakeholders to show interest in the development before things get out of control.

By J. Ofori, Daily Mail GH

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