Nurses assault: Two arrested in Damongo

Striking Nursing and Midwifery staff across various heath centers in  the West Gonja district of the Northern region resumed work on Wednesday after the police arrested some of the youth accused of assault and theft.

The Damongo district Police Commader, ASP Seidu Wanah confirmed the arrest to Ultimate News’ Eliasu Tanko and said the arrest was made Tuesday dawn upon a tip off.

ASP Seidu identified the two suspects as Imoro and Alhassan Rasheed.

He added that the two have been arraigned and are expected to appear before the Bole district court Wednesday.

The staff went on indefinite strike after two nurses at Damongo hospital were allegedly assaulted and their motorbikes stolen.

Health authorities in the district on Sunday, were forced to close down facilities following the decision of the staff to lay down their tools due to alleged incessant attacks by some residents of Damongo.

The staff were angered by the failure by the police in the area to arrest some residents accused of theft and assault.

Several appeals by opinion leaders including Yagbonwura Tutumba Bore Essah’, overlord of the Gonja kingdom, to return to the wards proved futile.

The action caused authorities to prematurely discharge and refer  patients receiving treatment at the facility.

Public Relations Officer of the striking staff Mr Justice Parmaak Badam, reiterated that the strike was suspended largely due to the arrest of the suspects.

He appealed to various stakeholders to as a matter of urgency produce a  written document to assure them of a maximum security in the dispensation of duty.

He however assured that the hospital, clinics and CHPS Compounds across the district would be fully operational henceforth.

By: Ghana/