NON-PAYMENT OF NSS INTERN ALLOWANCES TO NURSES AND MIDWIVES: AN OPEN LETTER TO NANA ADDO.

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Dear Nana Addo,

We would have started this letter with pleasantries but as matter of urgency, the oxygen masks which we should be fixing for patients in our various facilities are rather on us as we continue to choke to death as a result of the untoward hardships due to non payment of allowances since April 2019.

Your Excellency, we believe it will be hard for you to put your sons and daughters to work for five months and counting, without any remuneration whatsoever but unfortunately that’s the reality on the ground in our case.

There have been several meetings with the
Deputy Minister of Health, Tina Gifty Naa Ayeley Mensah about payment of allowances but all we have received so far are assurances that are yet to bear any fruit.

Due to non payment of our allowances, some of us are unable to pay our utility bills which has led to threats of being sacked from our various places of residence. A situation which if not addressed, will negatively affect our productivity at workplace.

It is the prerogative of every service personnel to be actively involved in the discharge of their duties to make meaningful contributions to national development, but our desire to do so is almost been defeated with this issue of non payment of our stipends.

Mr President, in your inaugural speech to the people of Ghana, you entreated us to be citizens and not spectators which means we should endeavor to work hard in contributing our quota to national development. But this cannot be achieved if the conducive environment is not provided.

We the rotational nurses are therefore making this passionate appeal to you to as a matter of urgency call on the various statkeholders concerned to do what is expected of them so that our monies are paid on time, especially the Ministry of Finance to give clearance for us to be paid.

It is our heartfelt desire to attend to patients which in effect will go a long way to boost productivity but not on an empty stomach.

Due to the urgency of this matter, nurses and midwives having their National Service across the country are available to provide our services required of us to our patients but not on an empty stomach.

The time to release the financial clearance is now.
We deserve better, and for the love for God and Country, I write these few words to you Mr President.
We have served without pay from April till date: this should be of utmost concern Mr President.

We endured all forms of the reassurances but for the speedy recovery of our patients, MoF should release our financial clearance now for us to continue with the biometric registration to enable us receive at least one month stipend to quench our thirst.

I thank you Mr President.

Yours faithfully,
Divine Kporha
A Concerned Nurse and
NASPA President, Keta Municipal Assembly Nurses and Midwives Wing.
Cc:
The Hon. Minister of Finance.
The Hon. Minister of Health
Director General, Ghana Health Service.
All Media Houses in Ghana.

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