GRNMA welcomes suspension of A/R NSS director

The Ghana Reg­istered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA) has welcomed the suspension and transfer of the Ashanti Regional Director of the National Service Scheme (NSS), Alex Opoku-Mensah.

According to the General Secretary of the Association, Da­vid Tenkoreng-Twum, although the GRNMA demanded his dismissal for verbally assaulting a nurse at Manhyia Hospital in the Region, it would accept the sanctions.

“I must say that we are very satisfied although we were asking for a total dismissal of same, we should move on. After all, we are not asking him to go home and waste away,” he told Joy News on Wednesday monitored by Ghanaian Times.

Mr Mensah is serving a two months suspension without salary for his misconduct after which is expected to report to the NSS Head office in Accra to work under supervision.

These sanctions which started last December were proffered by a committee of enquiry set up to investigate verbal assault a nurse on duty at the Manhyia Government Hospital in Kumasi last year.

They were contained in a letter dated December 23, 2022, from the NSS to Mr Mensah signed by Director, Corporate Af­fairs, Ambrose Entsiwah Jnr, and sighted by the Ghanaian Times.

As part of the sanctions, which took immediate effect, he was to issue an apology to the NSS in seven days for bringing the name of the service into disrepute.

The letter said the commit­tee completed its assignment and submitted the report to the management, following which at a sitting on Wednesday December 21, 2022, the Board extensively deliberated on the report.

The committee comprised representatives from the NSS, the Public Services Commission, and the Ministry of Education.

Mr Opoku Mensah landed himself into trouble following a viral leaked audio, in which he was heard verbally abusing a nurse who was having an issue with his daughter who is a medi­cal doctor at the said hospital.

His actions angered a number of Ghanaians on social media and the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA), the parent body of nurses in the country.

Health personnel at the Manhyia Hospital embarked on a strike and issued the NSS with a 72-hour ultimatum to sack him or would lay down their tools despite Mr Mensah’s apology on social media.

He was suspended and a committee set up to probe the matter. The Manhyia Hospita

 nurses called off their day-old strike after an intervention by the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service.


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