The Minister of health Mr Kwaku Agyeman Manu says the experienced Ghanaian nurses who will be exported outside the country will have an amount of their salaries retained by Bank of Ghana, BoG to support the economy.
According to the Minister, it will be necessary for the country to save money from the allowances of the exported nurses to support the system the government has initiated.
It has emerged that Ghana’s nurses expected to be exported to Barbados will not be permanently engaged on the Caribbean Island.
He made the disclosure when shedding more light on Ghana’s memorandum of understanding with Barbados to export nurses to that country.
Addressing trainee nurses at the Kumasi Nursing and Midwifery Training College, the Minister indicated that experienced nurses will be sent on temporal rotation periods.
“We will be rotating, some will go and come back. And we want those with some level of experience because if you just finish school and we let you go there as an intern, you will go and disgrace us and they will not take us again.”
The Minister also explained that : “We need to facilitate you such that you will bring money back home to support the Ghanaian economy. We wouldn’t take your money but we are looking at a situation where you all have accounts with Bank of Ghana so some little part of your money will be saved here so that Ghana will have some dollars to support the system”.
The visit to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital formed part of the 4-day visit of the Health Minister to health facilities in the Ashanti Region.
The Minister was escorted by a high-powered delegation including the Chief Executive Officer of KATH Dr Oheneba Danso and the Ashanti Regional Director of Health Dr Emmanuel Tinkorang.
The tour around the tertiary referral facility afforded the Ministry the opportunity to appraise itself of new projects; interact with staff of the hospital and learn challenges confronting its full delivery of healthcare to the public.
Management of KATH relayed the need for some extra equipment to commission two critical installations the SPECT CT and the LINAC, which are expected to modernize cancer treatment services in the country.
By Wendy Amarteifio
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