The Youth Employment Agency (YEA) will pay SHS graduates who will get the opportunity to be recruited to CHPS compounds GH¢400 per month.
Despite a protest from the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA) to employ qualified nurses to the CHP compounds, YEA says it is well-equipped to pay the 5,000 senior high school graduates who will be posted to the health facilities to work.
These SHS graduates will at the end of this month be employed to assist with basic health care delivery at CHPS compounds in rural communities.
Speaking on Citi TV, the Head of Corporate Affairs of the agency, Emmanuel Kwasi Afriyie, argued that all the agency’s programmes under this administration have been sustained and this will be no exception.
“We are fully prepared to sustain the programme,” he assured.
But the the General Secretary of GRNMA, David Tenkorang-Twum, wonders the rationale behind recruiting high school graduates when there is a backlog of unemployed nurses.
Meanwhile, the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, who does not see anything wrong with the development, said the system has been in place since 2016 and is geared toward community engagement, not clinical work.