• Dr Michael Obeng was arrested by the MDC
• He was arrested along with a few charlatans and dentists
• The doctor was operating without a valid license
Dr Michael K. Obeng, a qualified Ghanaian doctor trained in the United States, has been arrested for working without a valid license from the Medical and Dental Council (MDC), Daily Graphic reported.
According to the MDC, the doctor was also soliciting clients for a media consultation in cosmetic surgery at a hotel; something that goes against professional expectations and the Health Professions Regulatory Bodies Act 2013 (Act 857).
According to the Daily Graphic report, the MDC was alarmed when a social media ad showing Dr. Obeng demanding $ 500 in consultation fees from his clients appeared.
Dr Michael Obeng was arrested in a joint MDC and Ghana Police Service operation, in which suspected quack doctors and dentists were arrested in Greater Accra, Bono and Central regions.
The operation resulted in the closure of seven health facilities where the suspects operated. Some 12 bogus dentists and six quack doctors are said to have treated many people in their operational areas.
Dr Divine N. Banyubala, the acting registrar of the MDC told media on Tuesday August 3 that the operation was part of routine investigations and public complaints.
He said the fake dentists are working with the Laser Smile teeth whitening center in the Greater Accra region.
The arrest, Dr Banyubala explained, follows a number of complaints from patients and practitioners about the suspects, who were operating at two facilities in Asylum Down and East Legon.
“We have conducted routine quality assurance control exercises aimed at verifying, among other things, the registration status of practitioners and the standard of practice in various institutions across the country,” he said.
He added: “Investigations revealed that the suspects did not have the technical skills and licenses required to practice legally, but were found providing regulated dental services in facilities contrary to the law. “
Dr Banyubala revealed that the management of the center had, after the closure of the facilities, taken the necessary steps to employ qualified dental practitioners to take charge of the provision of safe dental services, in accordance with regulatory requirements of the health sector.
The names of the charlatans, according to the Daily Graphic report, were given as Osei Bonsu Hayford, who was arrested illegally practicing medicine at the OB Savior clinic, located in Koraso, a suburb of Dormaa Ahenkro; Daniel Adjei, who operated at Ohenewaa Memorial Clinic, Dormaa Ahenkro, and Prince Tutu, who operated at St Kyeade Clinic, Dormaa-Babianiha, all in the Bono area.
The others are Paul Amoanoo of the Royal Medi-Herb Clinic, Ashaiman-Zenu Atadeka in the Greater Accra region, and Samuel Lanquaye Snr and his daughter, Alberta Lamiorkor, who was arrested in the Central region.
Dr Banyubala further revealed that one of them had been practicing for 36 years, while the others used fake certificates and licenses, as well as receipts from the Ghana Health Service (GHS) and the Ministry of Health (MoH ) to perpetuate their illegal activities.