Two nurses at a CHPS compound in Akyem Osorase, Achiase district of the Eastern region, were attacked by two young men claiming to need emergency care. Cecilia Brago and Gifty Osei were on duty when the attackers arrived, one with a bloody face. Due to their level of aggressiveness, the nurses refused to let them in, but the suspects kicked the door open and began assaulting them.
Although one nurse managed to escape after being briefly beaten, both nurses were severely injured. The police were called to the scene and preliminary investigations revealed that the suspects were natives of Akyem Osorase community and had checked-in at the Oda government hospital for treatment after the attack.
Cecilia Brago expressed her concern for their safety as the CHPS compound lacks any form of security. She urged the Ghana Health Service to take measures to ensure the safety of all healthcare workers at CHPS compounds to prevent a repeat of such incidents.
Violence against healthcare workers has become a growing concern in Ghana. For the most part, nurses and doctors face the risk of assault and verbal abuse from patients and their relatives due to long waiting times, poor health services, and inadequate resources.
In a nutshell, healthcare workers play a vital role in society, especially during the current COVID-19 pandemic. It is, therefore, essential to prioritize their safety and ensure that they work in an environment free from any form of violence and aggression.
The government, healthcare institutions, and the public must collaborate to support and protect healthcare workers who put their lives at risk to save others. It is time to acknowledge and appreciate their efforts and provide them with the necessary resources and security they need to continue their excellent work.