Ghanaian doctor-turned-driver petitions Akufo-Addo over "dangerous" medical regulation

Ghanaian doctor-turned-driver petitions Akufo-Addo over "dangerous" medical regulation

- A Ghanaian doctor-turned-taxi driver has petitioned President Akufo-Addo

- Dr Richard Seidu called on the president and parliament over Ghana's Health Professions Regulatory Bodies Act, 2013 (ACT 857)

- The doctor now taxi driver gave other suggestions in his petition

Seidu Richard, a Ghanaian doctor who currently operates as a taxi driver in the Volta Region has called on President Akufo-Addo and Parliament over the country’s Health Professions Regulatory Bodies Act, 2013 (ACT 857).

According to Dr Seidu, the current Act puts patients at risk. reports that Dr Seidu called for a review of Section 43 of the Act, which certifies medical doctors to practice while stating it ''is very inadequate and non-specifi''.

Dr Seidu indicates that the gap leads to possible deaths and surgery complications for patients who undergo surgical operations from medical doctors who are not specialist surgeons.

He says the non-specific [of the Act] means that any doctor or medical officer can perform a surgical operations on citizens and non-citizens once the person’s name is on the permanent register of the Medical and Dental Council.

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Dr Seidu expressed concern that the regulation permits any doctor to ''perform any kind of surgical operations'' whether or not the person has a specialist surgical qualification and notes that this is ''very dangerous for Ghanaians''.

He suggested the country needs a law that clearly specifies what every category of doctor can or cannot do just like the DVLA while stating that ''only specialist surgeons should be allowed to operate on patients''.

Dr Seidu also said only specialist obstetrics and gynecologists should be allowed to operate on pregnant women in Ghana.

And also called for the expansion of the faculties of the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons to increase the intake of persons interested in the practice of surgery.

The Ghanaian doctor also recommended for persons with specialist qualifications to write specialist examinations in addition to a one-year rotation, equivalent to a house job, in the specialty they want to be registered at the Medical and Dental Council.

Dr Seidu also called for separate registers to be designed for medical officers and specialists

Meanwhile, in a video that is making rounds on social media, a bride was compelled to undertake tactical moves to save her marriage on the spot when a lady took to the dance floor to twerk on her husband.

During the couple’s dance, the man was captured in gentle dance moves when the lady moved from her sitting place to dance with the newly-married man.

The unidentified lady who appeared harmless, first started with what one could say were decent dance steps, genuinely having fun while entertaining the guests.

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