Akatsi North authorities investigate illegal abortionist

Korkuvi Agbetorglo, a 62-year old Togolese, is being interrogated by the authorities of the Akatsi North District of the Volta Region for operating an illegal abortion clinic.

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The District Security Committee [DISEC] last week entered the clinic, ‘Kyire Eleson Clinic’, located behind the Ave-Hevi Market and closed it down.

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The premises of the clinic, housed in a partially completed apartment, was said to be un-kept.

The Ghana News Agency (GNA) correspondent, which accompanied the DISEC officials, observed that there were many empty bottles of used drugs and discarded syringes, two beds, a table and a chair, which were evidence of clinical activity in the “ward”.

‘Dr.’ Agbetorglo, a cattle rancher, popularly known in the locality as a veterinary officer, denied running an abortion clinic.

He said documents licensing the clinic to operate were taken away some five years ago by some Italians, who wanted to assist develop the place.

“I only treat Okada boys (commercial motorbike operators) injured in accidents and other minor ailments,” he said.
Mary Darko, 55, who was at the clinic at the time of the operation, said she was a maid to Agbetorglo.

The clinic, the GNA gathered, had been running for six years and Agbetorglo had worked as a medical assistant at a clinic at Tangita, in the Republic of Benin before.

In a similar operation, another clinic, the ‘New Light Clinic’, also found to have started operations without license also at Ave-Hevi, was been temporarily closed down.

The Nigerian physician assistant in-charge, name withheld, is helping the authorities with investigations.
Some health officials told the GNA that they found samples of the drugs prescribed there for patients as substandard.

Mr. James Gunu, DCE of the area, and the chairman of DISEC, said the Council’s motive was to get all businesses to get the required certification for their operations.

He said he had encountered Agbetorglo before but as veterinary officer but not as medical doctor.Mr Gunu said the New Light Clinic was well kept but it needed the required papers to operate.

Source: GNA/newsghana.com.gh

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