Armed robbers terrorize medical doctors in Koforidua

stethoscopeMedical officers at the Koforidua Regional Hospital, have threatened to leave the facility following frequent burglary in their homes while on duty.

The more than 50 doctors claimed that within the last two years the robbers break into their homes while on duty during the day or when responding to emergency calls at night.

About three months ago, a pregnant medical officer staying outside the medical village at Atekyem, a suburb of Koforidua, went into premature labour because she could not stand the scene of her husband being held by armed robbers who broke into their house with cutlasses and looted their property.

Last week, a male medical doctor was attacked by armed robbers at the medical village at night and was seriously wounded.

Reacting to the issues raised by the medical doctors, Mr Peter Boateng, the Administrator of the Hospital, said reports had been made to the Eastern Regional Police Command but no arrest had been made.

Dr Frimpong Boateng, Chairman of the Regional Chapter of the Ghana Medical Association, described the situation as threatening, which does not give doctors of the hospital the peace of mind to work.

He appealed to the security agencies to help reverse the situation.

Mr Stephen Akowuah, Deputy Regional Deputy Crime Officer, said the police have not received any lead to arrest any suspect.

He explained that, the police lack the required numbers and logistics to be able to provide the level of security needed for all citizens hence the ability of criminals to operate.

Source: GNA

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