Two fake physicians busted
The Medical and Dental Council has arrested two fake physicians at the Tamale Technical University Hospital and the Good Morning Clinic at Adentan in Accra.
The fake physicians; Abdulai Abubakar Sadik and Richard Dzomeku, were arrested during a routine quality assurance monitoring exercise.
The routine check was purposely to check the registration status of practitioners and the standard of practice in the various facilities across the country.
The council, in a statement, has explained how the activities of the two were uncovered.
“On Monday, July 27, 2020, the team was in the Northern Region and visited various health facilities including the Tamale Technical University Hospital.
“During investigations at the hospital, it was noted that one Abdulai Abubakar Sadik, the Clinical Care Coordinator of the facility, is a fake/unregistered physician assistant,” excerpts of the statement read.
According to the council, the suspect, who claimed to have graduated in July 2015 with a BSc Certificate in Physician Assistanship from the Central University College had since been employed and practising at the hospital contrary to the law.
The suspect was subsequently arrested with the assistance of the Northern Regional Police and is currently on a police enquiry bail.
Luck ran out for the second suspect on Friday, August 7, 2020, in the Adentan Municipality.
“At one of the facilities visited, the Good Morning Clinic located at Adentan New Site, the team met one Richard Dzomeku consulting. Preliminary investigations conducted established that he was not a registered physician assistant.
“The team then lodged a formal complaint and sought assistance from the Adentan Divisional Headquarters of the Ghana Police Service. The suspect was subsequently arrested,” the council added.
The council also revealed that at the time of the arrest there were two patients on admission at the female ward of the facility.
The two patients were immediately evacuated to the Madina Polyclinic, where they were examined by a medical doctor accordingly.
The two are currently in police custody.