November 30, 2022

NSS Authorities Invites Ashanti Regional Directorate Boss Over Altercation With Nurse

The Management of the National Service Scheme (NSS) has summoned the Ashanti Regional Director of the Scheme, Alex Opoku-Mensah following an altercation between him and a nurse at the Manhyia District Hospital.

A viral audio of the altercation which reportedly transpired on Sunday, November 27 has since provoked investigations following demands for Mr Opoku-Mensah to be sacked.

Mr Opoku-Mensah stormed the hospital with her daughter- who is a house officer at the Manhyia District Hospital- to rebuke the nurse in question for “ordering” the house officer back to the hospital to put in order a medicine prescription system.

In the audio, Mr Opoku Mensah was heard verbally abusing a nurse.

“It’s Manhyia yours. Who born dog?”, he said.

The nurse retorted, “Manhyia isn’t mine but we are all dealing with patients. I have every right to call her back when her services go wrong to prompt her.”

Mr Opoku Mensah responds, “Is she accountable to you? Is she accountable to you?… Are you mad? Is Manhyia yours … Stupid idiot…You don’t respect…You go out there and read General Arts {and become nurses}. You are a disappointment if you read Science… I can cause you to lose your job. Do you know who I am? I am the National Service Director. Some of you are under me… I always say that General Arts students shouldn’t be nurses.”

Following this, the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association said it deemed the insults as directed not just at the nurse at the hospital but towards all nurses in the country and, therefore, called for his dismissal.

“The Public Services Commission and the government for that matter should sack the said Regional Director immediately because he is not fit for the Director position he holds in the Public Service ”, a statement from the GRNMA said threatening to strike.

Describing the encounter between the nurse and the director as “unfortunate”, the Management of NSS said it has invited Mr Opoku-Mensah for investigations.

“The Management has since the development, invited the officer for preliminary investigations into the incident”.

Source: Fuseini

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