Fake doctor granted GH¢100,000 bail

An Accra Circuit Court has granted GH¢100,000 bail to a self-style medical doctor for practicing medicine without certificate.

Evans Osei Owusu Ansah, pleaded not guilty to five counts of willfully and falsely  using the title ”Dr”, practicing medicine without registration, receiving payment for the practice of medicine and  possession of forged document.

The court ordered him to provide two sureties, valid photo ID, and the investigation team should verify occupation of the sureties.

The court presided by Mrs. Ruby N.A. Quayson, adjourned to September 19, for hearing.

The Prosecutor, Sergeant Jonas Lawer told the court that on March 29, 2017, that the complainant and the investigation unit of the Medical and Dental Council embarked on a head count of Medical Doctors, Dentists, Physician Assistants within Kaneshie and its environs.

According to him, during the exercise, the team visited Centre of Awareness (COA) health facility, at Kaneshie-Swanlake and found Ansah practicing as doctor at the facility.

Sgt Lawer said the team became suspicious about his qualification, and informed Kaneshie Police, arrested accused.

The Court head that medical materials and drugs that were retrieved from his consulting room,  included one Stethoscope, eleven syringes, 14 injection needles, seven Diclofenac, three Buscopan Ampoules, 10 Gvithe Forte injections, two containers of One Touch Select Test Strips, 10 Pabrinex Intravenous Vitamin B&C injections and letters on Ghana Health Service letter head, signed by the Ansah.

Sgt Lawer said 29 folders of patients and a plaque bearing his name and qualification as (Dr. OwusuAnsah-MB. CHB) with the inscription ‘Medical Officer’ were retrieved.

The prosecutor said, upon interrogation, Ansah told the team that he was not a medical doctor and did not register with the Medical and Dental Council of Ghana.

He said Ansah denied ever giving orthodox medication to any patient that visited the health facility, but a report by a qualified medical doctor, who perused folders of patients, who were attended to by Ansah proved otherwise.

Sgt Lawer said police found a certificate bearing Ansah’s name purported to have been awarded him by Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and Curriculum Vitae, submitted by him to COA for employment were retrieved from his employers.

According to the police, Ansah confessed having forged the certificate issued by one, Eric Kisiedu, but a report from KNUST disclosed the true owner of the certificate as KIZITO KAKRA VORMAWOR, who was awarded with Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery after completion of these programmes in the year, 2009.

By Agnes Opoku Sarpong 

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