A medical doctor based in Ho in the Volta region has taken to taxi driving after being denied a practicing licence for years.
Richard Abrahamani Seidu says he was trained as a neurosurgeon in China but has found it difficult to practice in Ghana due to the refusal of the Medical and Dental Council (MDC) to grant him a practicing license.
The aggrieved doctor has, therefore, petitioned the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) to look into the matter.
According to him, he applied for the license in 2015 but has since received no feedback from the MDC.
Dr. Seidu said he has taken up a job as a taxi driver in Ho as he awaits a response from the Council.
Accra-based Joy FM reports that he converted his vehicle, a Nissan Almera, into a taxi cab. The back screen has the inscription “Only God.”
Explaining why he has that inscription at the back of his car, he said: “In fact, the human beings I am fighting are stronger than me so I have to rely on God to fight this battle.”
He narrated that he has also applied to several universities but was denied on each occasion because he doesn’t have clearance from the MDC.
“It’s not enough [what I make from driving] but I can’t do anything; I needed to make a living. I have come back [from abroad] and I need to make a living and I can’t go and steal too,” Dr. Seidu lamented.
He maintains that the MDC has violated his fundamental human rights and freedoms by not allowing him to participate in the certification examination.
He has also accused the MDC of abusing the powers vested in it as a council and wants CHRAJ to rectify the situation.
According to him, he wants to practice in Ghana as a neurosurgeon since he has no intentions of leaving the country.
“I therefore, would be grateful if the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) via the National Human Right Institution could…compel the MDC to all my letters detailing me the way forward with my certification, compel the MDC to organise the special examination for me since they have delayed me for 3 years now,” he added.
Responding to this, the Registrar at the Medical and Dental Council, Dr. Eli Atikpui, said the Council is not satisfied with Dr. Seidu’s training and will therefore not be pressured into granting him certification.
“In his case the answer is no. The training does not satisfy our standard and we cannot certify him,” he is quoted as saying by Myjoyonline.
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