Acting Registrar for the Medical And Dental Council, Dr. Divine Banyubala, has revealed that the arrest of some Doctors and health workers for allegedly selling babies was based on a tip off by a taxi Driver.
A joint team by the Medical And Dental Council and Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) have arrested over 11 people involved in ‘baby harvesting’ and human trafficking in Accra.
A statement by the team revealed that On Thursday, December 31, 2020, Dr Hope Mensah Quashie who works with the 37 Military Hospital was arrested at his private health facility named Susan Clinic located at Lartebiokorshie, a suburb of Accra.
“He allegedly sold the first baby boy to the team for an amount of Thirty Thousand Ghana Cedis (GHC30,OOO.OO) in October, 2020. He was arrested with three nurses who worked at his facility namely Sylvia Awuseh, John Adorey Effie and Angela Ametepe,” a joint statement from the team said.
According to the statement, EOCO and Medical And Dental Council have also arrested one Dede Gifty Anikpi, who is an accomplice and a traditional birth attendant at Bethlehem Maternity Home at Santoe, a suburb of Kpone Katamanso, who referred the mother of the first baby to Susan Clinic.
In an interview with host of Atinka FM’s AM Drive Ekourba Gyasi, Acting Registrar for the Medical And Dental Council, Dr. Divine Banyubala noted that although the council had its own suspicions, the latest arrest arrest was based on a tip off by a taxi Driver.
Dr. Divine Banyubala disclosed that a taxi Driver picked up two women from the Susan Hospital at Lartebiokorshie in February 2020 and based on the phone calls by the women, the Taxi Driver suspected foul play.
“ The Taxi Driver indicated that the women dropped off at a point and picked another taxi. He added that he[taxi driver] took the women to the Susan Hospital who came out with fresh babies after 2 hours. The women then asked him to drop them at a location and they picked another taxi. The taxi Driver then reported the incident to EOCO who contacted the Medical and Dental Council to begin the investigations,” he added.
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