BY MUNTALLA INUSAH
THE WOES of the embattled Director of the Advanced Body Sculpt Centre have deepened following an order by the Circuit Court in Accra to the Medical Director of the Accra Regional Hospital, formerly Ridge Hospital, to produce him in court.
Dr Obeng-Andoh has been charged with the murder of Deputy Chief Executive Officer of National Entrepreneurship Innovative Programme, together with one other who is facing a charge of impersonation.
They have both been remanded in police custody, but Dr Obeng-Andoh’s deteriorating health has resulted in him being admitted to the Ridge Hospital.
Dr Obeng-Andoh is facing two separate charges, to wit “practising medicine without lawful authority and operating unlicensed health facility.”
When the case was called before Her Honour Mrs Janet Naa Adjeley Quaye, the hospital, in a letter, titled to ‘Whom it May Concern’, said the accused could not be released to appear in court without the assistance of a physician.
Prosecution, led by DSP Stephen Adjei, prayed the court for an order directed at the Medical Director of the Hospital through the administrator to produce the accused at the next adjourned date.
The sitting judge, Mrs Adjeley Quaye, granted the application and adjourned the matter to Friday, June 8.
The brief facts as were presented in court by DSP Stephen Kwame Adjei said the complainant, Dr Eli Atidpui, is a Medical Director and the Registrar of Medical and Dental Council, Accra.
According to him, Dr Obeng-Andoh is also a medical practitioner and medical director of Obengfo Hospital, a private medical facility at Weija in Accra.
DSP Adjei told the court that in the month of July 2015, the Medical and Dental Council, during a routine monitoring exercise, received information that the accused person had failed to renew his annual registration to practise as a doctor and operate a private health facility since 2013, but continued to practise in his Obengfo Hospital.
The Medical and Dental Council reported the matter to the police for investigation.
He told the court that on December 28, 2016, the police went to Obengfo Hospital to effect his arrest but met him in the process of performing certain medical procedures on a witness in the case.
He said further investigations revealed that Dr Obeng-Andoh also failed to license his health facility but was operating it contrary to law.
He recounted that Dr Obeng-Andoh was charged with the offences to appear before the court on February 6, 2017, but he petitioned the Director General of Criminal Investigations Department (CID) on February 7, 2017.
DSP Adjei said the court process was temporarily put on hold and the case docket forwarded to the Attorney General’s office for their perusal and expert advice.
In a letter numbered GR/PD/31/ 18 and dated May 18, 2018, the Attorney General’s office advised that all charges earlier preferred against the accused be maintained and he arraigned.