A Chinese-trained Neurosurgeon based in Ho in the Volta Region, Dr. Richard Abrahamani Seidu, is now a tax driver.
Dr Seidu who converted his Nissan Almera, into a taxi has the inscription “ Only God” at the back screen of the car.
“In fact, the human beings I am fighting are stronger than me so I have to rely on God to fight this battle,” he said
According to him, several universities including private ones that he applied to for a job, refused to make him an offer unless he secures clearance from the Medical and Dental Council (MDC).
Asked if what he makes from driving taxi is enough for him, Dr. Seidu replied: “It’s not enough but I can’t do anything; I needed to make a living. I have come back from abroad and I need to make a living and I can’t go and steal too.”
“I’ve petitioned the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) over the refusal of the Medical and Dental Council to grant me a practicing licence”, he said.
According to him, since 2015 when he applied to the MDC to be granted licence to practise in the country, he has heard nothing from the regulatory body.
His petition to CHRAJ, he said, accused the MDC of violating his fundamental human rights and freedoms as well as abusing the powers vested in it as a council, by denying him the opportunity to participate in the certification examination.
That he noted would afford him the opportunity to practise in Ghana as a neurosurgeon since he has no intentions of leaving the country.
According to him, he began his medication at the University for Development Studies (UDS) and finished up with his clinicals at the University of Ghana Medical School, Korle Bu.
He said while working at the Volta Regional Hospital in Ho as a House Officer, he got admission to study Neurosurgery in China.
He indicated that he would be grateful if CHRAJ) via the National Human Right Institution could compel the MDC to organise the special examination for him since they have delayed him for three years now.
He said he obtained his training in Neurosurgery between 2012 and 2015 at the Department of Neurosurgery at the First Affiliated Hospital of Yangtse University, Jingzhou, China.
He also underwent further training at the Jiangbin Hospital, which is also affiliated to the same University from 2015-2017.
According to him, he became a fellow of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies after completing his postgraduate training at Sichuan University.
Meanwhile, the Registrar at the MDC, Dr. Eli Atikpui, says the council will not yield to pressure from Dr. Seidu and grant him certification license against the high professional standard it has set for practitioners in the country.
The MDC, he said has a mandate “to secure in the public interest, highest standard in the training and practice of medicine and dentistry in Ghana,” insisting that the doctor does not meet their qualification to be certified.
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