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NSS investigates Ashanti Regional Director for verbally assaulting nurse

The National Service Scheme has initiated investigations into the conduct of its Ashanti Regional Director, Alex Opoku-Mensah after he verbally abused a nurse at the Manhyia Hospital in Kumasi.

Mr. Opoku-Mensah was caught on tape insulting a nurse who is reported to have had a misunderstanding with his daughter, a doctor at the Manhyia hospital.

He subsequently apologized after his conduct was widely condemned by the majority of Ghanaians on social media.

In a statement on his Facebook page, Mr. Opoku-Mensah said, “I do apologise for any mishap and assure all, there shall not be a repetition of such.”

“I understand the disappointment and appreciate the inconvenience my action has caused the public as well as the Nursing Fraternity and Manhyia Hospital,” the statement also said.

But the management of the National Service Scheme in a statement said the conduct of the embattled director is being probed.

“The attention of the Management of the National Service Scheme has been drawn to the unfortunate happening at the Manhyia Hospital involving Mr Alex Opoku-Mensah, the Ashanti Regional Director of the Scheme, and a member of the hospital.”

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

The Scheme condemned the incident, describing it as unfortunate, and assured the public that it will ensure that the issue is resolved.

The management of the National Service Scheme has summoned the embattled regional boss for questioning, an official statement confirmed on Tuesday (29 November).

Meanwhile, the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association have threatened to strike if the director is not sacked within the next 72 hours.

Junior doctors react

Below is a statement from the Junior Doctors’ Association of Ghana saying that the allegation of wrong prescription given by their colleague in connection with the issue is false.

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