COVID-19 patients assault doctor

BY: Emelia Ennin Abbey
COVID-19 patients assault doctor
COVID-19 patients assault doctor

Three persons in a COVID-19 isolation centre in Accra have been arrested for assaulting a medical doctor who was attending to them.

The patients who are all foreigners had been quarantined at the centre while awaiting the results of their COVID-19 status tests.

They are a 23-year-old photographer, a 25-year-old musician and a 24-year-old designer.

What happened

Giving details about the arrest, the Public Relations Officer of the Accra Regional Police Command, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Ms Juliana Obeng, said the three patients assaulted the medical doctor without provocation.

She said the medical doctor was attending to a number of patients in quarantine at the centre when he was attacked by the three patients on August 27, 2021.

She said investigations revealed that the medical doctor, while on his daily routine checks of patients at the COVID-19 isolation centre, disclosed to the three patients that they had tested positive.

Test status

The disclosure of the COVID-19 status of the three, she said, did not go down well with one of the suspects who burst out in anger and rained insults on the medical doctor.

The second suspect is also said to have pulled a metal fork from his pocket and started chasing the medical doctor in an attempt to stab him.

While the doctor was attempting to flee from the angry patients, the third suspect allegedly grabbed and slapped the doctor.

Ms Obeng said the doctor escaped from the attack and reported the incident to the police, leading to the arrest of the suspects.

After interrogating them, they were charged with the offence of offensive conduct conducive to the breach of peace, contrary to section 207 of the Criminal Offences Act 1960 (Act 29).