Mr. Alex Opoku-Mensah, the Ashanti Regional Director for the National Service Secretariat, was caught on tape verbally assaulting a nurse at the Manhyia District Hospital.
The incident’s audio recording captures Mr. Alex Opoku-Mensah verbally abusing the nurse for reportedly threatening his daughter, a hospital house officer.
Several accounts claim that the aforementioned nurse telephoned Mr. Opoku-Mensah’s daughter to advise her that she needed to come back to the facility to update a patient’s information on the hospital’s patient management system.
However, the regional NSS director entered the hospital with his daughter in tow and charged the nurse with intimidation.
In an argument with the nurse, Mr. Opoku-Mensah is overheard aggressively assaulting her, praising his position, and threatening to have the nurse removed from the hospital.
“If she does anything, come and inform me; I will use my power to ensure she is removed from here. I’ve introduced myself; I am the National Service Regional Director,” Mr. Opoku is heard shouting at the nurse.
The nurse in return is heard saying, “do you also know me? Do you know my father?” To which a furious Mr. Opoku retorted, saying, “Fool, does the work belong to your father?”
Meanwhile, the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association GRNMA has called for the sacking of Mr Alex Poku from office.
According to the association, the conduct of the Regional NSS Director at the Manhyia Hospital makes him unfit to occupy the position.
The association has warned that it will recall the services of its members at the hospital if the government fails to heed the demand for his dismissal within 72 hours.
The Association said in the statement dated November 29, 2022 gave government 72 hours to sack Mr Poku Mensah.
“We wish to state categorically that if the government does not relieve Mr. Alex Poku Mensah of his duty as Ashanti Regional Director of the National Service Scheme within 72 hours, nurses and midwives of Manhyia Hospital will be called upon to lay down their tools, followed by the whole of Ashanti Region and then it will be escalated to the whole nation”.
Read GRNMA letter below: