A delegation from the Ashanti Regional Health Directorate has commiserated with the family of Ruth Eshun, the community health nurse who was murdered last week at Ayuom, near Sawua in the Bosomtwe district.
Led by Dr Emmanuel Tinkorang, the regional director of Health Services, the delegation first visited the Sawua Health Centre to encourage her colleagues to continue to attend to patients despite the gruesome act.
It was a somber atmosphere as most of the health workers broke down in tears when the delegation arrived at the facility.
Dr Tinkorang encouraged them to be strong even in the face of the seeming insecurity and continue to provide the essential service for the public.
The directorate, he said, was shocked when they heard the news of the cruel killing of the young lady, considering the fact that such attacks on health professionals are not common in the communities.
He said the provision of healthcare in such areas involve a lot of outreaches such as home visits, and stressed the need for a secured environment for workers not to feel threatened to render such services.
The regional director implored the workers not to be frightened or demoralised by the incident and go about their normal duties, saying any fear factor may adversely affect service delivery.
From the health centre, the delegation went to the residence of the deceased. Dr Tinkorang expressed the condolences of the Ministry of Health to the bereaved family.
He gave the assurance that his outfit will provide the needed support toward the funeral and burial of their colleague.
Ruth Eshun was murdered in cold blood by some unknown assailants, who attacked her whilst on her way home after work about a week ago.
She is survived by a husband and three kids.
Members of the community, who are still in shock about the news, described the slain nurse as a very calm and pleasant personality who always treated patients with respect.
Meanwhile, he is expected to be buried on Saturday, February 15 2020