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27 January 2017

Curious case of two evils: Unlicensed doctor hires unlicensed lawyer

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In a curious case of two evils, the CEO of Obengfo Hospital who has been sued for practicing without a license is said to have engaged a lawyer without a license to defend him in court.

The Weija-based Obengfo Hospital was shut down by the Medical and Dental Council because Dr Eric Obeng Andoh worked without a license for years.

The hospital came under media scrutiny in June 2013 after Joy News’ Seth Kwame Boateng and Manasseh Azuri Awuni investigated his activities.

The investigations followed complaints from some patients one of whom claimed she was deformed after paying GH¢12,000 to get the fat out of her belly at the Obengfo Hospital.

Dr Andoh insists that he was trained in cosmetic surgery in Florida, USA for two weeks and was awarded a certificate. His patients, according to him, hold him in high esteem for shaping their bodies.

The hospital is also alleged to have been conducting bad plastic surgeries without a license but Dr Andoh went to court in an attempt to put an injunction on the closure.

The Accra High Court, however, threw out the case after discovering that the lawyer representing the doctor did not qualify to represent a client in Ghana.

Deputy Registrar of the Council, Dr Divine Banyubala says the Council will ensure the lives of patients are not at risk.

He said they went to court on January 19 but the case was adjourned to the January 25 but Dr Obeng was not in court.

“The Court having considered the arguments on both sides on our interlocutory application found merit in the position of the Medical and Dental Council that his lawyer did not have a valid license,” he revealed.

The Court awarded cost against Dr Andoh and in favor of the Council.

 

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