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Alex Opoku-Mensah

The National Service Secretariat (NSS) has directed the suspended Ashanti Region Director, Alex Opoku-Mensah, to report to Accra after his suspension “to work under supervision”.

Mr Opoku-Mensah was suspended immediately after audios of an alleged altercation between him and a nurse at the Manhyia Government Hospital were leaked.

The regional NSS head was heard raining insults on the nurse after the latter is said to have called for a review of a prescription issued by his daughter, who is a junior doctor at the facility.

Though he apologised for the action, a committee was set up to investigate the incident.

After the committee’s report was presented to the NSS, Executive Director Osei Assibey Antwi wrote to Mr Opoku-Mensah in a letter to communicate the Board’s decisions.

According to the letter, the Board has sanctioned Mr Opoku-Mensah’s suspension for two months without pay.

“After the suspension, you are to report to the Head Office to work under supervision,” the letter written last month further directed.

“Within seven (7) days upon receipt of this notice, you are also to issue an official apology to the National Service Scheme for bringing the name of the Scheme into disrepute.

“The directive takes immediate effect,” Mr Assibey Antwi stressed.

The committee that investigated the incident comprised representatives from the NSS itself, the Public Services Commission, and the Ministry of Education and was given one month to report to the NSS management.

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