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The Central Gonja branch of the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA) has said until the security of health workers is guaranteed, no health worker must be posted to the Boachipe CHPS in the Savannah region.
The Central Gonja GRNMA’s comment follow a shooting incident that occurred at the Boachipe CHPS on Thursday, 17 February 2022 which left a nurse at the facility with injuries.
Reacting to the incident in a statement issued on Friday, 18 February 2022 and signed by its District Secretary, Mohammed Abubakari, the Central Gonja GRNMA called on the management of the facility to ensure that the man behind the incident is arrested.
“We want to entreat that, management should go the extra mile for the perpetrator to be arrested to face the full rigors of the law,” the GRNMA stated.
It also assured members that the GRNMA shall “follow this case to its logical conclusion.”
It added: “We however want to state that, No nurse or midwife should be posted to the community until their security there is assured.”
A 32-year-old nurse in the Boachipe community, in the Central Gonja district of the Savannah region, Evans Adongo escaped death when a native of the community, known as Tanko, opened fire at the community’s health facility.
The native, a middle aged man went to the health facility wielding a gun and threatened to open fire.
The man fired a shot at the nurse who although managed to swerve, was hit by a bullet.
According to the nurse, the man reloaded the gun with another bullet,.
The nurse then attempted to close the door of the facility while screaming.
Some members of the community, who heard him, rushed to the facility to rescue the nurse while the middle aged man took to his heels.
The incident has since been reported to the Police.