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Ghanaian Nurse suspended for breastfeeding baby at work, officials intervene

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

A Nurse in Ghana who was seen breastfeeding her baby at work has been suspended by her bosses.


Local media reported that the lactating mother who works at a community health post at the Odumase has been serving about a week suspension for what managers of the facility consider to be offensive.


Starr FM in Accra reported that the nurse Rita Adu-Kyie was to forfeit part of her salary for July as part of her punishment.

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Her suspension letter read “My outfit is suspending you from work for two (2) weeks with immediate effect due to your refusal to take verbal instructions from me not to bring your baby to work.”


The letter was written by the Municipal Director of Health Services Martin Osafo Osei.


The letter further stated that “More so, you have been warned on several occasions against this conduct. It should come to your notice that this development may affect your monthly salary for July, 2017 during the period of your suspension and on resumption of duty to work you are expected to report to the Municipal Health Director of Health Service.”


Meanwhile officials of Ghana’s Health Service are reported to have intervened to reverse the suspension.


A spokesperson for the Health Service, Rebecca Ackwonu is quoted by local media to have said that “The Municipal Director has been queried and he has retracted, withdrawn the letter and apologised to the lady in question after a meeting with his superiors. The case has been settled,”




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