Dr Clement Apaak
The Ghana Medical and Dental Council ( GMDC ) has been urged to protect nobility of the medical profession by purging out quacks within its rank.
Dr Clement Apaak, Member of Parliament for Builsa South, made the assertion on Monday April 8, at parliament in Accra.
The MP made the declaration when the Medical and Dental Council appeared before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament over the Auditor General Annual Report on Ministries, Department and Agencies for the year ended 31st December,2016.
According to the Builsa South lawmaker, the infiltration of quacks into medical profession had not only become a threat to public health, but also making the work of the profession vulnerable to crime.
Dr Apaak said that there was no way the council could exonerate itself from the many problems now bedeviling the health sector.
“Mr Chairman, may I take this opportunity to find out from the Medical and Dental Council, on note of public interest, what you are doing to curb the menace of quack doctors in the country,?” the MP sought from Dr Eli Kwasi Atikpui, Registrar of GMDC.
In the view of the Builsa South South lawmaker, Council is in a better position than government to tackle the menace, urging its leadership across the country to rise up to the challenge, stressing that the Council should publish list of members in good standing to practices for the general public.
Dr Apaaki, urged the GMDC and its members to always bring their expertise to bear in their practice and also uphold standards.
He praised the Council for their various contributions to the delivery of quality healthcare to the people of the state.
Dr Atikpui noted that, the Council takes responsibility for securing in the public interest the highest standards in the practice of medicine and dentistry in Ghana and had taken actions on persons parading as medical and Dental professionals in the country.
Citing the recent suspected quack Doctor at Anyinam in the Eastern Region, the Registrar of GMDC said, Kankam Nkrumah, was caught red-handed at the consulting room of Yesukrom Medical Center Practicing Medicine without a license.
He said, “the suspect was processed to court for prosecution and he is currently in the cooler,” adding that, the council had gazette its 2019 members and the public could also access the list on the website of the council.
Dr Atikpui assured the parliamentary committee, the council also takes certification and licenses serious and members who failed to acquire or renew their license regularly would be blacklisted and prosecuted if found practicing.
The Ghana Medical and Dental Council is an agency of the Ministry of Health responsible for regulating the standards of training and practice of medicine and dentistry in Ghana.
It is a statutory body responsible for securing in the public interest the highest level of training and practice of medicine and dentistry in Ghana.
A Practitioner (doctor) is a person registered under the Medical and Dental Council Decree (1972) NRCD 91 to practice medicine or dentistry in Ghana.