‘It’s never my style’ –A/R NSS Director apologises after Manhyia Hospital gaffe

Alex Opoku Mensah

The Ashanti Regional Director of the National Service Scheme (NSS) Alex Opoku Mensah was forced to apologise after verbally assaulting a nurse stationed at the Manhyia District Hospital in Kumasi.

In the heated exchange captured on tape, Mr. Opoku Mensah was heard using unprintable words on the nurse, when he waded into a misunderstanding that ensued between the health worker and a doctor identified as his daughter.

According to eyewitnesses, the medical officer prescribed the wrong dosage for a two-year-old convulsion patient. The development has generated widespread agitation among the staff of the Manhyia District Hospital forcing the politician to issue an apology.

‘This has never been my style, OMENS as he is affectionately called stated in a Facebook post…” but for a genuine reason to mediate a persistent issue between my daughter(Doctor) and a colleague nurse who I also consider my daughter.”

“I do apologize for any mishap and assure all, there shall not be a repetition of such”, he said adding: “I look forward to maintaining a cordial relationship between any affected person.”

But it appears the nurses and midwife fraternity is not convinced. The Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA) says it will not back down on its earlier decision to strike should Mr. Opoku Mensah remain at post after 72 hours.

Ashanti Regional Vice Chairman of the GRNMA, Philemon Adu Brempong, who spoke with dailymailgh.com after an emergency meeting with managers of the facility said the traumatized health worker is being given psychological support.

He insists justice will be served when the government appointee is sacked.

“We are now accommodating her. She is being given some form of psychological support… I think the father [Mr. Opoku Mensah] has exhibited gross ignorance in the public domain and we are calling for his dismissal. We will not relent in seeking the welfare of our members. And the justice we are seeking is for the man to be sacked”, he stated.


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