The Union of Professional Nurses and Midwives, Ghana (UPNMG) has called on the government to extend COVID 19 tax waiver, incentives to its members till December 2020.
They argued that their demand is justified by the number of COVID 19 cases recorded in Ghana, adding that Ghana has the second-highest number of confirmed cases in West and Central Africa.
The Union also said the ongoing political parties activities, mass gathering of people and the gross disregard for the COVID-19 protocols and opening of the country’s air borders, health workers risk being affected because Ghana stands to record a high number of cases in the coming days.
In a press release signed by the National PRO of UPNMG John Agbenyeavu and copied to Diamond news, the group also urged the government to consider capturing all nurses and midwives as frontline health workers for them to also enjoy the 50% of their salary as allowance.
The nurses also called on the government to fast track the negotiation process of the conditions of service for nurses and midwives that has been ongoing for some time now.
The statement commended members of the Union of Professional Nurses and Midwives, Ghana (UPNMG) for putting their lives on the line to ensure that Ghanaians are safe.
The release also acknowledged the government’s effort to control the spread and ameliorate the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic on nurses and midwives that have put their lives on the line.