Midwives and other nurses of the Cape Coast Metro Hospital maternity ward, have given their management up to Friday to provide them security, or they will quit some shifts.
The midwives gave a one-week ultimatum to the management of the hospital on October 5, 2017, citing various security lapses in and around the hospital which puts fear in them.
The ultimatum follows an armed attack on a nurse who was reporting for night duty on Tuesday, October 3. Two men on a motorbike approached her and seized her money, mobile phone, and personal belongings after assaulting her.
A letter written to the management of the Hospital partly reads, “As staff, we feel that our lives are endangered, hence we are humbly petitioning the management to provide security on the hospital premises with effect from today (Thursday, October 3, 2017), and “we want a security man to be with us on the ward at night duty so we can freely attend to clients who come in at night.” It added that “We have therefore come to a consensus that if our request is not addressed, we cannot continue the night shift, and the afternoon shift will end at 6:00 p.m.”
The hospital, located at Bakaano, a suburb of Cape Coast, was built several decades back, but still remains the preferred place for most women who give birth due to the peculiar professionalism of its nurses.