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The Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly [CCMA] says it has begun talks with management of the Cape Coast Metropolitan Hospital find lasting solutions to addressing concerns raised by staff of the facility.

The concerned staff last Friday issued a letter threatening to abandon night shifts and end afternoon shifts by 6:00pm to protect themselves from criminals who rob them of their personal belongings injuring them in the process.

The most recent attack was last Tuesday where a nurse was robbed of her phone, an amount of GHS 150 and other personal items at knife point. She sustained bruises on her thigh, her arm and face after she was subject to beatings by the robbers.

A labour expert, Joseph Cudjoe Sefenu, has noted that employers are enjoined to ensure the safety of employees at the workplace.

Speaking to ATL FM News on staff safety in relation to the celebration of World Mental Health Day today, Mr. Sefenu explained that stressful conditions at the workplace are health hazards which can lead to depression.

He added that it is important for employers to ensure that workers have a stress free environment since they spend most of their time at work, a fact confirmed by the World Health Organisation.

Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko, has disclosed that government has given the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) the clearance to hire 200 auditors to make sure that safety standards are complied with at all gas stations across the country.