Fake doctor, two accomplices arrested for practising without licences

BY: Emelia Enin Abbey
The suspect, Servor Kwasi
The suspect, Servor Kwasi

A 42-year-old man and two women have been arrested for allegedly practising as a doctor, a nurse and a laboratory technician at a clinic at Akwamu, near Nsawam, without qualification and licences.

They were arrested while they were busily administering health care to the unsuspecting public on March 7, 2018 at a clinic known as the Selomassa Health Centre.

Personnel of the Complaints and Investigations Unit of the Medical and Dental Council collaborated with the Nsawam District Police to apprehend the three quack health professionals.

The doctor was identified as Servor Kwasi, but the names of the two women were not disclosed by the police.

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Briefing journalists at Nsawam on Thursday, the Crime Officer of the Nsawam District Police Command, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Mr Kofi Sarkodie Addo, said the police received information about the activities of a suspected quack doctor operating at Akwamu, a town near Nsawam in the Eastern Region.


He said investigations established that Servor was operating as the sole medical doctor at the Selomassa Health Centre without the educational qualification and licensing.

As part of investigations, he said a team from the Complaints and Investigations Unit of Dental and Medical Council went to the medical centre on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.

Mr Addo said preliminary investigations established that the facility was owned by Servor who claimed he had been operating for the past one year.

“It was also found that Servor once registered with the council as a physician assistant in May 2011 after he had been upgraded from a staff nurse to a medical assistant on May 1, 2007, having completed a course in Community Medicine and Health at the Rural Health Training School, Kintampo,” he added.

According to Mr Addo, the suspect had failed to renew his licence to practise with the Dental and Medical Council since 2012 even though it was to be renewed annually.      

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He said on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, a team of three officials from the the Dental and Medical Council  went to the centre, with one of the them posing as a patient.

He said Servor attended to the patients in his capacity as a medical doctor.

Mr Addo said Servor was subsequently arrested and taken to the police station.

During interrogation, the suspect allegedly admitted that he had failed to renew his licence to practise since 2012 because he was pursuing further education in law.

The two women who were working at the facility as a nurse and a laboratory technician were also arrested and they confessed they were not accredited members of their professional groups.

The facility has since been closed down and the keys handed over to the police.