Nurses at the Damongo government hospital in the West Gonja District of the northern region have condemned the northern regional police command for the way and manner they are investigating the alleged rape that reportedly occurred on the premises of the facility last week.
The nurses described the storming of the hospital Monday by four armed policemen. On Tuesday, all workers at the facility including doctors, laboratory technicians, pharmacists, and administrators decided not work in solidarity with their colleague, Mr. Ernest Green who has been accused of raping an Italian national.
Mr. Green was denied bail at the circuit court One presided over by his Lordship Justice Anthony Assah. This angered the nurses.
The judge remanded the suspect into police custody and adjourned the case to 25th April, 2018.
The suspect was arrested on Friday after a 25-year old Italian, Ms. Maltiti Daniel reported the male nurse to the police that he raped her while she was on admission.
The staff clad in red arm bands were upset that the court had denied their colleague bail pending further investigations.
A spokesperson for the nurses, Mr Justice Badaam, told Zaa News they are only demanding justice for their colleague. He explained that, the way and manner the regional crime officer stormed the hospital with his men traumatized the nurses on duty.
Mr. Badam accused the crime officer for physically assaulting subjecting a nurse who had asked why the police allowed the rape victim to take pictures of the hospital and nurses but the nurses were ordered not to take any picture of what was going on.
The police action at Damongo hospital, Mr. Badam said, has had the unintended consequence of traumatizing nurses, leaving them unable to work and many patients unattended.
"We know our colleague is innocent but there should fair process in the police investigations," he said.
The police he added did not handle the case professionally because the drama at the hospital on Monday could have been avoided.