Community Health Worker Module to employ 5,000 youths – YEA

Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in Charge of Operations-YEA, Bashiru Ibrahim

In an effort to reduce the country’s unemployment rate, the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) in collaboration with the Ghana Health Service (GHS) is set to roll out a ‘Community Health Worker Module’ to augment the activities of midwives and nurses in various CHPS compounds of the country.

According to Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in Charge of Operations-YEA, Bashiru Ibrahim, about 5,000 of the teeming youth – especially with at least a senior high school certificate – will be rolled onto this programme by the end of August.

Speaking to journalists after an event to launch ‘Ghana Job Fair 2022 – The Green Edition’, organised by the Ghanaian-German Centre for Jobs, Migration and Reintegration (GCC) in Accra, Mr. Ibrahim noted that the beneficiaries will go through training to assist the nurses and midwives with the basic things needed to ensure they work smoothly at the CHPS compounds.

“These are people who will be taken through training, and we will deploy them in our CHPS compounds. They are located in the rural areas, so they will be there to help the regular nurses with record-keeping and basic things that will help them be able to do their work. Most of the time, there is just one midwife and nurse manning the entire place. That is why YEA has decided to do that collaboration to deploy 5,000 people, and this will take place by the end of August.

“By our mandate we do not employ professionals; these are people who have completed secondary school and are looking for jobs, and we have developed a manual with GHS. They have taken them through the training and we will deploy them to the CHPS compound. They are not professional nurses,” he said.

Mr. Ibrahim further added that government through YEA and other state agencies have been able to create 150,000 jobs for the Ghanaian youth.

“Government has brought in a lot of policies. When you come to YEA, it is refreshing to know that due to the collaboration with Ghana Enterprises Agency (GEA), the Forestry Commission, National Entrepreneurship Innovation Programme (NEIP) and other institutions, we have created close to 150,000 jobs for young people in this country,” he noted.

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