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20.03.2006 Regional News

Peki Hospital workers go on street protest

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Peki (V/R), March 20, GNA - Health professionals at the Peki Government Hospital, joined by some residents of the town, at the weekend went on a street protest to express disgust about the increasing spate of anonymous letter writing and issuing of death threats against some management staff of the institution. Of late, the authorities at the hospital have reportedly been receiving such letters and threats, which they said, threatened the working environment at the facility.

The street protest, which lasted four hours, was therefore an action to express the workers' distaste and to say enough is enough, according to Ms Georgina Adzasah and Mr Daniel Adigbo, Chairperson and Secretary, respectively, of the Hospital's welfare association. The two persons led the placard-bearing demonstrators, who were draped in white and red, and sang patriotic songs amidst drumming and dancing along the principal street of the town. The placards carried messages such as: "Anonymous Letter Writers are Cowards", "Say No to Anonymous Letter Writers", "Rise Up Against Evil", "Expose wicked People", and "Anonymous Letter Writers have no Room to Operate at Peki". The leaders of the workers told the Ghana News Agency that although many of the letters and the threats did not carry names of their sources, they suspected that those behind such acts were former staff of the Hospital.

Addressing the demonstrators at the end of the march, the president of Peki Development and Welfare Union, Mr Bernard Duose, commended the hospital staff and the supporting residents for "rising up against social misfits". Mr Duose warned that any person who would want to use Peki as a place for "covert activities" would be crushed. "We are focused on attracting both local and foreign investors to our communities. Our aim, therefore, is to create conducive working environment for staff of various institutions operating around us in order to woo others to join in our development effort," he reiterated.

Mr Duose gave the assurance that opinion leaders in the Peki area would do all they could to protect investors and institutions operating in the area, as well as their staff. He urged heads of institutions to "drop any anonymous letters received in the trash", adding that this would reduce, if not eliminate the practice. The workers' leaders appealed to the Inspector General of Police, Paramount Chief of the Peki Traditional Area, as well as the District Assembly to institute investigations to unmask the faces behind the letters.