The Director of the Ashanti Regional National Service Secretariat, has been suspended for two months without pay. This follows his verbal assault on a nurse at the Manhyia Government Hospital.
The NSS on December 1, 2022, temporarily suspended him to make way for investigations into the incident.
In a new directive however, the NSS says Mr. Opoku-Mensah has been suspended for two months without remuneration.
The suspension takes immediate effect. He’s also expected to report to work at the national headquarters of the NSS under supervision.
This was after a committee completed its assignment and submitted the report to Management.
He verbally abused a nurse to protect his daughter who’s a medical doctor at the facility from alleged intimidation.
According to reports, the nurse had called the house officer to correct a prescription she had given to a patient.
The Medical Superintendent, Dr. Hussein, explained that the house officer took offence at how the nurse spoke with her.
Dr. Hussein said the house officer was in the company of her father when she spoke with the nurse on phone. As such, Mr. Opoku-Mensah was infuriated by the turn of events and followed his daughter to the hospital.
Alex Opoku-Mensah has since apologized for his actions and said he is not known to be abusive or violent.
In the audio recording that went viral, Mr. Opoku-Mensah was heard saying, “you are very frustrated…Who born dog?…you envy her, and you don’t respect. Are you a doctor? Who are you? Are you mad? Is the hospital yours? Stupid idiot.. that your useless nursing that you do, useless woman… Do you know who I am? I am the Regional Director of the National Service Scheme. Some of you are under me” he yelled.
The NSS says Mr. Opoku-Mensah must apologize to the secretariat for bringing its name into disrepute.