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14.10.2008 Health

Co-operate with health workersTamale Regent appeals to residents

By Edmond Gyebi, Tamale - Ghanaian Chronicle

The Regent of Tamale, Naa Iddrisu Alhassan, has called on the public to cooperate effectively with health personnel at the various health centres in Tamale, to enable them discharge their duties with absolute confidence.

According to Dakpema Alhassan, it was incumbent on the public to exercise self-control anytime they visited the hospitals, and allow the personnel to use their professional discretion to work on patients.

The Regent said he would not allow any sub-chief, or opinion leader within Tamale, to prevent prosecution of people who had been arrested for disturbances, or attacking any health professional in Tamale.

Naa Alhassan raised this concern, in a press statement issued in Tamale recently.

His appeal came after a Medical Doctor at the Tamale Teaching Hospital, Dr. Prosper Akambong, had been assaulted by three young men for delay in the discharge of his duty.

It is believed that the three guys sent a patient for treatment at the hospital, expecting quick attention from the doctors on duty, but the sick person unfortunately passed away before they could get Dr. Akambong to attend to him.

They therefore vented their anger on the doctor for an unnecessary delay.

Meanwhile, Doctor Akambong, who is a Medical Director of the Hospital, told newsmen that the patient was already dead before he was brought to the hospital.

The three are currently facing trial in Tamale.

Naa Alhassan noted that it was a criminal offence for any person to assault medical personnel.

He expressed the need for the people to accord health personnel, the same respect they give to native doctors, or the local herbalists.

According to the Regent, it behoved on the people to protect all doctors and other health personnel, in order to retain their services in Tamale. “Any gross misconduct and attacks on doctors, will not only affect the numerous patients who visit the hospitals, but will force most doctors to discontinue their services in Tamale,” the Regent said.

Naa Alhassan called on the government to further provide better conditions of service for the health practitioners, so as to discourage them from leaving the shores of the country for greener pastures.

He pledged his personal support to the doctors in ensuring their safety.

Prior to the Regent's appeal, the Northern Regional Minister, Alhaji Mustapha Ali Idris, the Tamale Mayor, Mohammed Adam Amin-Anta, the Tamale South Member of Parliament (MP), Haruna Iddrisu, and the Regent of Gulkpegu, Naa Ziblim Alhassan, met with the health personnel to apologise on behalf of the three assailants.

The personnel, in solidarity with the assaulted Doctor, went on a sit down strike for two days.