Watching Fadila Ndebugre, a trained nurse, struggling with other head potters in Accra to make a living is the moment that causes one to wonder why millions even bother to queue for enrollment into tertiary institutions in Ghana.
The young nurse who has resorted to carrying wares for patrons who are unable to convey their goods from the market to bus stations for a fee shares her story with the world.
The young nurse who was trained at the Dunkwa-On-Offin Nursing Training College in the Central Region says she had to resort to head-ferrying of loads (kayayo) for shoppers at the Madina market, after endless wait for her posting by the Ministry of Health.
Home bound for two years without a job, she decided to engage in head-ferrying for survival.
The native of Fumbisi in the Upper West Region says it’s an interim job to enable her take care of herself while she waits for her posting.
Fadila, according to media reports, stated that even though being a ‘kayayo’ was a stop-gap, “I’m never satisfied because, sometimes carrying the load in itself, you get tired; the work is very stressful but because there’s nothing to do, I don’t want to be idle, I have to get myself involved in something; that’s why I’m doing it”.
“It’s very dangerous”, she said, adding: “There are always cars moving around.
“Sometimes you can be hit by a car or any vehicle at all; one can be hit down, and there are others that move on bikes…”, adding: “Sometimes you carry something, when you fall down, you are asked to pay for it … If you happen to break something like a glass, the person may ask you to account for it”, she lamented.
Eager to render services to patients at a health establishment in the country Fadila said she cannot wait for the Ministry of Health to post her to a facility to start work.
“I wish I was being called to do my nursing than doing this because it doesn’t help. I’m not making enough money but just because I don’t want to be idle and there’s nothing to do, I want to get something small for myself; that’s why I get myself on board”, she said.
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