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Official: Debunk Claims Of 8 Months Unpaid Allowance To Nursing Trainees. All Arrears Are Being Processed For Payment- MoH. Check out details

An official statement from the Ministry of Health wishes to assure the public that it does not owe any student to the tune of eight months as stated in the press release from GNMTA, neither has the Ministry stopped the payment of trainee allowances to students of government health training institutions.

The attention of the Ministry of Health (MoH) has been drawn following some  publication in some traditional and social media platforms about a press release written and circulated by the Ghana Nurse-Midwife Trainees’ Association (GNMTA) alleging non-payment of eight months of Nursing and Midwifery trainee allowances.

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The release further alleges that MoH has stopped the payment of nursing training allowances to students pursuing the various professional programmes in its training institutions, thereby, creating hardships for students and parents.

The health ministry explains that, the  Academic year of health training institutions under the Ministry of Health spans ten
months i.e. September to June each year.

And with that, the 2019/2020 final year students who were due to complete their studies in June, 2020 together with other continuing students of that year, had parts of their academic calendar disrupted by the outbreak of the Covid-19 disease in March 2020 and the subsequent lockdown
of the country, which affected all educational institutions including Health Training Institutions.

The release explained further that, the government of Ghana through the Ministry of Health, in 2020, paid three months arrears
(January, February, March, 2020) to continuing students of the 2019/2020 batch of students.

Students who were admitted into the health training institutions for the 2020/2021 academic year could not start their programmes of study in September, 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the closure of educational institutions.

“In the meantime, the Ministry of Health has processed the payment for January, February, and March 2021 for continuing students, which has been approved by the Ministry of Finance for the Controller and Accountant General to release the funds.

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The arrears for the 2 cohorts of students as mentioned earlier are being processed for payment.
We, therefore, call students to exercise restraint and wait for the payments to be made soon”, the release stated.

Read the full release below

Source: Honestynewsgh.com

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