The Economic and Organised Crimes Office (EOCO) in a joint operation with the Medical and Dental Council (MDC) Ghana today busted 8 health professionals believed to be part of a sinister syndicate selling newborn babies
Whatsup News gathered from sources that these infants are often sold to third-party groups that use them for organ harvesting.
The health professionals include doctors and nurses from the 37 Military Hospital, the Tema General Hospital, the Accra Regional Hospital, and a number of private health facilities such as the Susan Clinic in Laterbiokorshie-Accra and the Bethlehem Maternity Home in Kpone Katamanso in the Greater Accra Region among others.
A statement released jointly by the EOCO and the MDC today January 20, 2021, and made available to Whatsup News, outlines an undercover tracking of these syndicates since June 2020 following a tip-off from a taxi driver.
The Executive Director of Economic and Organised Crimes Office(EOCO), COP Frank Adu Poku(Rtd) in the press statement said: “ The Council and EOCO assure the public that the two agencies will continue to collaborate to protect public health and safety by preventing and detecting organised crime.”
The statement went on to outline some of the transactions that were busted, including one involving one Dr. Hope Mensah who works with the 37 Military Hospital.
Unknown to Dr. Mensah, he sold a baby to the undercover agents for some Ghc30,000. He was working with some nurses and health workers in the syndicate named: Sylvia Awuseh, John Adorey Effie, Angela Ametepe and one Dede Gifty Anikpi.
In another instance, one Doris Badu who works with the Social Welfare department of the Tema General Hospital worked with one Dr. Noah Kofi Lartey of the Accra Regional Hospital to sell babies at a price tag of GHC 28,000 each. They were working with several others, stated the EOCO.
“Some Doctors and Nurses who are charged with saving our lives especially during this COVID-19 period when all resources should be geared towards fighting the deadly disease these Doctors are rather selling children. They are selling new-born babies and their modus operanda is that they tell mothers their new-born babies are dead. So we got wind of this and put together a team of investigators who acted like they want to buy babies. For one the Doctor sold the new-born baby for GHC 30,000 and at the Tema General Hospital some Social Welfare workers, Doctors and Nurses in a joint operation also sold one baby to us for GHC 28,000. For now, we have arrested two doctors, four nurses and two social welfare workers,” COP Adu Poku told the media.