15 nurses arrested

SONY DSCThe police yesterday arrested 15 out of a number of unemployed graduate nurses who picketed the Flagstaff House, to demand to be posted by government.

The group made up of enrolled and community health nurses completed their nursing training about two years ago, but have not received clearance forms from the Ministries of Employment and Health to enable them to start work.

Their protest yesterday, was to draw governments attention to their situation since they did not understand why they had not been engaged by government.

The nurses said all efforts to resolve their issue through the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations and all other appropriate authorities last year, did not yield better results and they were left with no option than to pitch camp at the Flagstaff House.

Deputy Superintendant of Police (DSP) Effia Tenge, Public Relations Officer of the Greater Accra Regional Police, said the police arrested the nurses based on intelligence report.

She described their gathering at the Flagstaff House as unlawful, saying they did not inform the police before taking that action.

“The laws of the land must be adhered to; their action was against the law because the police was not aware of their gathering, and even their place of gathering was a security zone where such acts are not allowed,” she said.

One of the nurses (name withheld) who spoke to The Ghanaian Times, said as at 3 p.m. yesterday, they were made to write a statement while in custody.

“We were told by a police commander that we will only be released when our colleagues who were able to escape, show up” she said.

DSP Tenge stated that 14 teachers who also picketed the flagstaff house where also arrested for unlawful gathering.

The teachers had also converged at the place early yesterday morning, demanding employment from government.

By Linda Naa Deide Aryeetey     

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