The Youth Employment Agency (YEA) claims that its decision to hire Senior High School graduates to work in Community Health-based Planning Services (CHPS) compounds is not intended to compete with skilled professionals.
The YEA announced that 5,000 senior high school graduates will be hired by the end of this month to help with basic health care delivery, such as recording patients’ medical histories at CHPS compounds in rural communities.
The Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association has called the move disturbing and opposes it, arguing that only skilled professionals should be employed.
Emmanuel Kwasi Afriyie, the YEA’s Head of Corporate Affairs, told Citi News that the Ghana Health Service has given its consent and that there is no cause for concern.
“There is no rivalry between community health nurses and professional nurses.” We recognized the conflict, but this is a World Health Organization (WHO) program approved by the African Union and the Ministry of Health to supplement healthcare delivery in preventive primary care in remote areas lacking medical personnel. As a result, it is a stop-gap measure that will provide them with employment.”