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General News Wed, 10 Jan 2001

Police arrest five persons for harassing nurses.

TEMA, Ghana, January 10 -- Police have arrested five persons suspected to be gangsters who stormed the Tema General Hospital (TGH) last Friday and harassed the nurses on duty for allegedly delaying to give treatment to a member of the gang believed to have been stabbed.

They are John Newman Attabo, 28, a greaser, Kwasi Mensah, 28, trader, James Ade Harrison Spio Gabrah, 22, student, Ezra Yankey, 20, student and Leoid Baah Nii Doku, 21 Clearing Agent.

A police source said they were arrested at the Port Clinic, Community One (Site 17), where they had sent Harrison for treatment. It said the five men went to Bride's Spot, a drinking bar at Community Eight, Tema, where a fight broke out between them and another group.

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In the process, Harrison was stabbed with an implement believed to be a broken bottle. The source said Harrison bled profusely so his friends rushed him to the hospital but the nurses told them that the only doctor on duty was in the theatre.

The Police said the men who were apparently drunk, accused the nurses of delaying to attend to a wounded person and beat up Mr Ernest Awinim, a staff nurse and harassed others on duty.

The source said when the five persons heard that their conduct at the hospital was being reported on the local "Adom FM " station, they took the wounded person out of the hospital.

Source: GNA
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