- Two brothers, Robert and Ernest Eduah and another person have been arrested by the police for operating as illegal dentists
- They operated the said facilities in Swedru
- The facilities are Paul Dental Clinic and Nyarko Dental Works
- The Medical and Dental Council led their arrest upon a tip off
- Dr Eli Kwasi Atikpui of the Medical and Dental Council warned illegal operators that his outfit wound not spare anyone caught operating illegally
Two brothers and another person have been arrested by the police for allegedly operating two separate dental facilities without licenses in Agona Swedru.
The facilities are Paul Dental Clinic, operated by the brothers, Robert and Ernest Eduah and Nyarko Dental Works, operated by the third suspect, Isaac Nyarko.
According to the police, Paul Dental Clinic operated their deceased father’s facility for the past 15 years, while Nyarko Dental Works operated in a wooden kiosk since 1994.
None of the operators have been formally trained as dentists.
The illegal operations of the men were discovered by investigators from the Medical and Dental Council on a tipp-off.
Dr Eli Kwasi Atikpui, Registrar of the Medical and Dental Council, told newsmen that items retrieved from the two clinics, included a bidet, which, though is not a tool used in dentistry, was being used as an improvised head support for patients who wanted their teeth checked.
Also found by the team were a non-functional steriliser, dental needles, dental syringes, dental casts, artery forceps, dental plaster, extraction forceps, impression trays and dental casts or models.
They also retrieved a number of teeth set-up in wax to make dentures or what is popularly known as artificial teeth, a bench clamp and mixing bowls and spatulas.
At Paul Dental Clinic, which is located on the ground floor of a two-storey building, he said the two brothers claimed they offered two major services: polishing of teeth and fixing of dentures.
He said the team, however, found that the two men who claimed they had under-studied their father while he was alive, rendered other services such as tooth extraction.
According to Dr Atikpui, the facility’s unhygienic condition was clearly visible as the team found that most of the tools used were rusty.
They also found that a room which appeared to be a bathroom had been converted to an operation theatre where extraction and replacement of tooth were done.
Under the guise of a patient, a member of the investigative team was charged GH¢80 At Nyarko Dental Works to have his tooth extracted.
Dr Atikpui said after the team member had sat on a chair, the suspect got to work without gloves on his hands holding a rusted needle with bloodstains on it.
He warned illegal operators, stating that the Swedru Government Hospital had been inundated lately by patients who had complications from the hands of unqualified dentists in the area.
He said the council had embarked on a special exercise to clamp down on the activities of illegal medical and dental practitioners, saying: “We will not spare anyone who breaches the law.”