The Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association has announced their strike beginning today Friday December 2, the Regional Chairman Jones Afriyie Antoh told TV3 after a crunch meeting on Thursday December 1.
The Association threatened to extend it to all health facilities in the Ashanti by Tuesday, if the embattled National Service Scheme (NSS) regional Director still remains on suspension instead of being sacked, a statement issued by the GRNMA said.
This comes despite the suspended Ashanti Region Director of the NSS, Alex Opoku-Mensah, scheduled to face a committee set up to investigate allegations of assault against him.
The committee was constituted by the management of the Scheme following an emergency meeting on Wednesday, November 30.
This comes in the wake of allegations that Mr Opoku-Mensah verbally assaulted a nurse at the Manhyia District Hospital.
A leaked tape of the heated encounter between Mr Opoku-Mensah and the nurse, who serves his daughter at the hospital, finds him raining insults on the health worker.
The health worker is said to have asked Mr Opoku-Mensah’s daughter, a junior doctor, to review her prescription to a patient.
The Ashanti Region NSS Director has since apologised for his conduct, claiming it is not characteristic of him.
“This has never been my style but for a genuine reason to mediate a persistent issue between my daughter(Doctor) and a colleague nurse who I as well consider my daughter.
“I do apologize for any mishap and assure all, there shall not be a repetition of such. I look forward to maintaining a cordial relationship between any affected person.”
But the committee comprising representatives from the NSS, the Public Services Commission, and the Ministry of Education has been constituted to look into the issue and report back within one month.