Management and staff of the Methodist Faith Healing Hospital at Ankaase in the Afigya-Kwabre South District of the Ashanti Region are seeking justice for one of their colleagues who was shot and killed by armed robbers nearly 2 weeks ago.
The victim according to hospital authorities is the 5th staff to have suffered such fate. The health workers say they are prepared to lay down their tools if the Heman-Ejuratia road leading to the health facility is not fixed and also get justice for their colleague, a biomedical scientist who lost his life on that stretch.
Mr. Stephen Asante Nyamekye, a 35-year-old Biomedical Scientist was attacked and shot in the right upper arm by armed robbers on the road, when returning from an official assignment.
He died on April 10 this year, after several attempts by surgeons to save his life failed.
Narrating frustration of Management and staff, Medical Director of the facility, Dr. Seth Sie said “Our problem is that we have been having a series of armed robbery attacks and the appropriate stakeholders have been informed. We are saying that, if nothing is done on the very bad road Network, and the incessant robbery attacks then we shall seek the permission of the Christian Health Association of Ghana and the Methodist Church as well as the Regional Director of Health and suspend our services.”
According to him, the deceased was returning to work from an official assignment when the incident occurred.
”He was returning to work from an official assignment. He was a biomedical scientist at this hospital. He was shot by armed robbers. He came to this hospital and we referred him to Komfo Anokye Teaching hospital. He was there for a while and lost his life.”
Authorities further revealed that a doctor’s car was hit by a bullet on the Heman-Ejuratia road while going to work in January, this year.
In February, a rotational nurse was shot on the forehead and sustained serious injuries while going to work at the hospital.
In March, two armed robbery cases were recorded on the same road, which involved some staff and traders from the neighbouring.
They added that several efforts to draw the attention of authorities to either reshape or construct the road with an adequate lighting system to minimize robbery attacks have proved futile.