The Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwifery Association (GRNMA) has called on the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s government to fulfill the pledge to health workers during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to them, the insurance package that was promised by government has not been given to them.
“No single health worker has received anything by way of Covid-19 insurance or allowance since the outbreak of the deadly Coronavirus disease in the country,” the Ashanti Regional
Secretary of the GRNMA, Mr. Patrick Tetteh said.
Mr. Teteh made this revelation during a regional training of GRNMA Covid -19 vaccine champions on Friday, September 15, 2022 on a “theme, promoting vaccine uptake among nurses and midwives and the general public”.
He said: “We know, as a matter of fact, that nurses, midwives or doctors who died in the line of duty during the fight against the pandemic have not been paid a dime by the government by way of insurance.
“As an association, we have complained and the government seems to have turned a blind eye to our pleas,” he said.
The government, during the heat of the outbreak of Covid-19 in March 2020, which led to a lockdown in the Greater Kumasi and Greater Accra areas, announced enhanced insurance and allowance packages for all frontline health workers in the fight against the pandemic.
Mrs. Sally Baaba Owusu-Addo, director in charge of health promotion at the Ashanti Regional health directorate in an interview urge all nurses and midwives in the region to take the Covid 19 vaccine to set an example to others. According to her since they are the first front health workers, they need to be strong enough to take care of the Ghanaians.