A joint operation by the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) and the Ghana Medical and Dental Council (MDC) has led to the arrest of 11 people suspected to be involved in the harvesting of babies and human trafficking in some health facilities in the Greater Accra Region.
Those arrested comprise two medical doctors, four nurses, two mothers, two social welfare officers and a traditional birth attendant.
The operation also led to the rescue of two baby boys who are four months old and less than a month old who were offered for sale at GH¢30,000 and GH¢28,000 each to undercover investigators.
The two doctors are Dr Hope Mensah Quashie of the 37 Military Hospital, who also owns the Susan Clinic, a private health facility at Lartebiokorshie in Accra, and Dr Noah Kofi Lartey, a medical practitioner with the Obstetrician and Gynaecology Department of the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, Ridge, who also operates a private hospital known as the Dangbe Community Hospital in Prampram.
The four suspected nurses are Sylvia Awuseh, John Adorey Effie, Angela Ametepe and Bernice Afor, all of whom work with Dr Quashie at his private hospital.
The traditional birth attendant, identified as Dede Gifty Anikpi of the Bethlehem Maternity Home at Santoe, a suburb of Kpone Katamanso, is also alleged to have referred one of the mothers whose babies were sold to the Susan Clinic.
The two social workers are Leonard Agbley and Doris Badu, both of the Tema General Hospital.