17,000 nursing students to be admitted in October

The Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori Attah, has assured of government’s readiness to accommodate some 17,000 new entrants into the country’s various nursing training institutions in October this year.

The minister, who made the announcement during his presentation of the Mid-Year Review of the 2018 Budget Statement before Parliament today, added that government has secured adequate funding to cater for this new development in the health sector.

“In October this year, approximately 17,000 new entrants will be admitted as first year students to the various nursing training institutions. Sufficient allocation has been made in the 2018 budget to accommodate the new entrants,” he explained.

Speaking on the issue of the status of implementation of government’s flagship programmes for the 2018 fiscal year-particularly, the reinstatement of the nursing trainee allowances-Mr. Ofori Attah said an amount of GH¢311,988,400.00 was allocated in the 2018 budget to pay the allowances of 68,000 trainee nurses for the 2017/2018 and 1st semester of the 2018/2019 academic year.

Out of this, GH¢122,400,000.00 has been released to pay the allowances of 51,000 beneficiary trainees as at end June 2018.