Ghana: Nurses And Doctors Declare Strike At Tamale Hospital

Doctors, Nurses, and Midwives at the Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH) have laid down their tools to protest the attack on the hospital’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. David Zaawumya Kolbila by youth groups affiliated to the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).

The leadership of Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA) Tamale Teaching Hospital branch in a petition copied vowed never to rescind it’s decision until the perpetrators are brought to book.

Among other demands, the leadership demanded an immediate establishment of a permanent police post at the hospital premises.

The leadership referred to previous attacks on former CEOs including Dr. Nsiah Asare, Dr. Tapang, Dr. Kenneth Sagoe and the next former CEO, Dr. Prosper Akambong who was prematurely dismissed following similar agitations in 2017.

The petition demanded that the perpetrators should render an unqualified apology to the Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Kolbila.

It further added that the perpetrators must be immediately arrested and arranged before a law court.

The Spokesperson Mohammed Ibn Issaka said, “As Nurses and Midwives of the hospital, we no longer feel safe working in the hospital in view of what happened on 13/08/18. If the CEO who is the landlord of the hospital could be manhandled in this manner, then we must take serious cover before these lawless persons turn on us.”

Meanwhile, the Regional Security Council (REGSEC) has constituted a five-member Ad-hoc Committee to investigate circumstances that led to the CEO being chased out of office.

The Committee comprising some security heads and health professionals outside the hospital has two weeks to submit its report.

Preliminary investigations indicated that some staff of the TTH instigated the pro-New Patriotic Party (NPP) youth groups to chase away from the office the Chief Executive Officer, Dr. David Kolbila.

Chairman of the Regional Security Council, Salifu Sa-eed said those found culpable would face the full rigors of the law.

He said REGSEC would intensify its surveillance network to forestall such occurrences in future.

He commended the hospital staff for being steadfast during the unpleasant situation.

By: Abdul Karim Naatogmah/

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