The Ghana Medical and Dental Council says the Proprietor of the Obengfo Hospital Dr. Dominic Kwame Obeng-Andoh is unqualified to practice.
Speaking to Citi FM, the Registrar for the Council, Dr. Eli Atikpui said Dr. Dominic Kwame Obeng-Andoh is not a member in good standing and cannot practice.
“…… that establish the Medical and Dental Council talks about registration, I wish to indicate that the practitioner involved (Dr. Dominic Kwame Obeng-Andoh) has not renewed his registration, with the substantive case in court, I had indicated that I wouldn’t comment on it for now because we need to make a presentation to the board for the board to make a decision on the way forward but what is before us as any other practitioner, he is not in good standing with the Medical and Dental Council and if you are not in good standing with us you can not practice, the last time we issued him a retention certificate was sometime in 2012/2013..”
Dr. Dominic Kwame Obeng-Andoh was on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, acquitted by an Accra Circuit Court Four.
He was charged for being an unregistered practitioner and operating an unlicensed health facility, but the Court did not find him culpable per the way the charges were framed by the prosecution.
Justice Emmanuel Essandoh, in a 100-page ruling which he read for over one hour, said: “He has entered through the eye of the law”.
He said the charges were lumped together instead of separating them, adding that they were also inconsistencies in the evidence given by the prosecution witnesses.
By so doing, the evidence was discredited and insufficient, thus leaving the court not convinced and unimpressed about the veracity of the case, Justice Essandoh explained.
Police, he said, did not give the accused the opportunity to confirm the evidence collected from his facility.
The Judge also described the charges as “diametrically apart,” saying, there was no document to corroborate the offense of failure to operate without licence.
His counsel in appreciation stated that the ruling was decisive and extensive, which would stand as an authority for years to come.
Counsel had applied for submission of no case after the prosecution had made its case and the Court ruled on it.
The Medical and Dental Council during its routine monitoring in July 2015, received information that Dr. Obeng-Andoh had failed to renew his annual license to practice and to operate the private facility.
Armed with this information, the Council made a complaint with the police which led to his arrest on December 28, 2016.