Government will recruit up to 10,000 unemployed nurses and health assistants through the Nation Builders Corps, Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has revealed.
He said government, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, will recruit the health professionals who have been home for years and months after their training.
Speaking at the 2018 Annual Health Summit in Accra, on Monday, 24 April 2018, Dr Bawumia noted that the health workers will be engaged for up to three years and posted to communities without professional health staff.
“We also are very cognisant of the importance of making sure there is adequate staffing of the medical facilities. We have seven modules for the Nation Builders Corps and one of the modules is the health module. We have quite a number of nurses and health assistants who are sitting at home. They’ve qualified for years and they have not been engaged.
“We have engaged the Ghana Health Service (GHS) and we’ll be prepared to recruit up to 10,000 nurses and health assistants to be part of the Nation Builders Corps to have contracts of up to three years so that we can post them to areas where they are needed.”
He reaffirmed President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s determination to making healthcare delivery a topmost priority as well as achieving universal health coverage and access for every Ghanaian as soon as practicable through measures such as the targeted reductions in taxes on health related materials.
The Nation Builders Corps is expected to be launched on 1 May 2018.
The programme will initially operate seven modules designed to provide jobs for the youth who have received tertiary education but are struggling to find jobs.