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YEA encounters resistance over plans to train SHS graduates for CHPS compounds

The Youth Employment Agency’s (YEA) plans to hire and train Senior High School (SHS) graduates to assist nurses at Community Health Planning and Services (CHPS) compounds have been resisted by the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA).

The Ministry of Health (MoH) recruitment portal has been accessed by about 10,727 Nurse Assistants (Clinical and Preventive), who were waiting to be deployed, according to the association.

Over 20,000 nurses and midwives from all cadres who are part of the 2019, 2020, and 2021 batches are currently unemployed, according to the group.

By the end of August, YEA plans to train more than 5,000 SHS graduates nationally to assist nurses stationed in CHPS compounds.

In a statement, GRNMA lamented the politicization of the profession, saying any training that did not meet its standards posed a risk to Ghanaians’ lives.

“Recording a patient’s medical history and symptoms, doing a physical exam, and offering bedside treatment call for specialized abilities that can only be delivered by qualified healthcare professionals.

The statement bemoaned that “any training of SHS graduates which does not comply with the standards laid out by the NMC will pose a threat to the lives of all Ghanaians, especially those in our rural communities whose first point of access to healthcare and in some cases the only access to health services are the CHPS compounds.”

Therefore, it has urgently requested that YEA stop the planned training.

read statement below:

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