The Ghana Medical and Dental Council is set to introduce registration stamps for medical practitioners by July 2016.
This comes on the heels of the arrest of a quack doctor who is believed to have practised for more than two decades without a licence and a certificate.
The fake doctor, Adams Arimeyaw, in his mid-50s, was operating the healthcare facility, ‘Covenant Clinic,” at a compound house in Madina in Accra, Daily Graphic reports.
Reacting to the story on Citi FM’s “Citi Breakfast Show” on Monday, registrar of the Medical and Dental Council, Dr Eli Atikpui said registration stamps will be introduced in a move to clamp down on fake doctors.
“With respect to the practitioners, currently by July this year, we would have introduced practitioners stamp.
“So when you go into an institution and you are examined and given prescription, and the stamps are fixed on your prescription forms, the doctors name, the registration number is supposed to be there. And so this is something that we are doing,” Atikpui said.
“Eventually, we may end up requesting doctors in specific institutions to display their registration certificates,” he added.
Atikpui however admitted that doctors displaying certificates will suffer some challenges especially in bigger institution.
“But you see, if you go to bigger institutions like Korle-bu Teaching Hospital (KTH), we cannot have all the 500 doctors in KTH displaying their registration certificate.
“But again the onus now lie on KTH to ensure that anybody that they engage in that institution as a doctor or a physician assistant has the request training, qualifications and registration to practice in those institutions," he added.