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General News of Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Source: primenewsghana.com

Fake doctor sentenced to 17 years imprisonment

Hohoe Circuit Court has sentenced a fake doctor in the Volta region to 17 years imprisonment.

The convict, Fortune Kamasah who is a self-styled doctor was arrested at the Family Community Hospital at Hohoe in the Volta Region and sentenced on two counts of practising without authority and receiving payment for the practice of medicine without authority.

Fortune Kamasah had earlier in 2013 been fined by the Hohoe Circuit Court for practising medicine without a license.

Speaking at a media briefing in Accra on Monday, the Registrar of the Medical and Dental Council, Dr Eli Atikpui, expressed worry about the increasing spate of quack doctors in the country.

He said since January 2016, 20 quack doctors had been arrested across the country.

Ten (10) of the quack doctors were arrested in the Greater Accra Region, three in the Central Region, and the rest were arrested in the Volta and Eastern Regions.

Dr Atikpui explained that of the 20 arrested, five had been prosecuted and sentenced.

“Every Ghanaian is a potential patient, and that is why we must all ensure that any medical practitioner who treats us has the training, the requisite knowledge and skills. The concern is that we are seeing an increasing number of people holding themselves up as doctors.”

He noted that “we are not able to really establish how much harm has already been done and how much harm would be done. So we need to ensure that the public is well-educated on the activities of these quack doctors.”

Dr Atikpui said the Medical and Dental Council is putting in stringent measures to ensure that all persons practising medicine without authority are brought to book.