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Police arrest Obengfo Hospital director after Deputy NEIP CEO’s death

Police arrest Obengfo Hospital director after Deputy NEIP CEO's deathThe Police have arrested the Director of the Advanced Body Sculpt Centre, Obengfo Hospital, Dr Dominic Obeng-Andoh.

This is following the death of the Deputy Chief Executive Officer for National Entrepreneurship Innovation Programme (NEIP), Stacy Offei Darko at the facility.

According to Stacy Offei Darko’s mother, Nana Akosua Animah, her 37-year-old daughter fell ill and sought medical attention at the Obengfo Hospital but died on Monday after her admission.

She said she was informed about her daughter’s death three days later.

She also claims the daughter was not given proper treatment.

Speaking to Citi News Nana Akosua Animah said, “the police CID [Criminal Investigations Department] has arrested the director of Obengfo Hospital. He is currently at the Nima Police Station. There were many accomplices who are also behind bars. They have also arrested some of his nurses and investigations are still in progress.”

She added that the bereaved family was awaiting a postmortem report before its next line of action.

“The corpse has been taken to Korle Bu for postmortem to determine exactly what my daughter was injected with. Even a chicken won’t be treated like she was. We will decide what we do after we receive the postmortem report.”

The Obengfo Hospital has since been temporarily closed.

Previous controversy

This would not be the first time this hospital has courted controversy.

In January 2017, the Medical and Dental Council closed down Obengfo Hospital for operating illegally.

The move was to apply the law to ensure that the hospital until it acquired the necessary license.

That was the second legal action the facility faced after the council revoked Dr Obeng-Andoh’s licence in 2013 for operating illegally.

“The last time he [Dr. Obeng-Andoh] renewed his registration was in 2013, and he was supposed to renew his registration each year after it expired on 21st December 2012. We have made our presentations to the appropriate institutions, and we expect the appropriate actions to the taken,” the Registrar of the Medical and Dental Council, Dr Eli Atikpui told Citi News at the time.

Complaints and arrest

Dr Obeng-Andoh was, in December 2016, also arrested over the same issue after the Dental and Medical Council said it had received several complaints of medical complications from some persons who had patronised the facility

According to the council, Dr Obeng-Andoh’s practice was dangerous to the lives of his patients hence the move to stop his operations.

Following threats by the council to lock up his hospital, the doctor, who had been granted police bail headed to court seeking an injunction on the council’s action but the case was thrown out of court after the judge discovered that Dr Obeng-Andoh’s lawyer was not qualified to initiate the legal process at the time of filing the application.


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