Hundreds of trainee nurses and midwives in the Central Region have hailed the Nana Akufo-Addo-led New Patriotic Party (NPP) government for restoring the controversial students’ allowance.

Class FM's regional correspondent, Maxwell Attah, who visited some nursing and midwifery training colleges in the region reported that students were filled with joy after a ceremony was held at Sunyani on Tuesday, October 10 to officially commence payment of the trainee allowance.

Some benefactors at the Cape Coast Nursing and Midwifery Training College (CCNMTC) who spoke to Class News expressed gratitude to government for restoring the allowance after it was scrapped by the then John Mahama government in 2014.

The trainee nurses also called on government to streamline the processes to get them immediately employed after they complete their programmes of study.

Others impelled the Ministry of Health to review “the rocketing semester fees” which has been draining their financial resources.

The restored allowances will see over 58,000 trainee nurses and midwives in various public nursing and midwifery training colleges (NMTC's) and a little over 45,000 teacher trainees in the 41 public colleges of education, receive over GHS400.00 every month from the Students Loan Trust Fund (SLTF) while in school.

Trainee nurses and midwives are also expected to receive an additional two month’s allowance to enable them buy consumables for use in the hospital and on clinical duties.

Source: Ghana/ Maxwell Attah


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