The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has called for calm after the Ashanti Regional Director for the National Service Scheme, Alex Opoku-Mensah, verbally abused a nurse at the Manhyia District Hospital because of a reported dispute with his daughter, who is a junior doctor.
The GMA is worried that sharing pictures of the young doctor who is under housemanship on social media could jeopardize her career.
“I am not happy with the way the doctor is being subjected to such an emotional trauma,” Dr. Frank Ankobea, the GMA President, said to Citi News.
“This is a young doctor who started work barely two weeks ago. She is young. She is now actually starting her career and I think we should support her. If we are only looking at what the father has done, we will throw away the baby with the bath water.”
“So it is important that all of us be measured in the kind of comments we pass and how we comment on these issues, and remember that somebody’s career is at stake,” Dr. Ankobea added.
Meanwhile, the management of the Manhyia District Hospital says it is offering psychological support to the doctor and the nurse involved in the issue and has asked them to stop working for a while.
Ashanti Regional Director for the National Service Scheme has apologised for the incident after nurses demanded that he should be sacked.
The National Service Scheme has since said it has initiated investigations into the conduct of its Ashanti Regional Director.