The police in Accra have picked up a cleaner masquerading as a medical doctor and performing abortion on unsuspecting women for a paltry sum of 150 cedis.
Joy News investigations have uncovered how a cleaner with the Ga West Municipal Assembly Council has turned into an abortion contractor terminating pregnancies of young girls at Pokuase Mayera.
Although Grace Kortei is a cleaner, she has told the people in her neighbourhood she is a medical doctor.
She charges È»150.00 to inject a harmful concoction into pregnant ladies and causes damage to their foetus.
This makes the victims bleed for several hours. The process takes place in her room – a single room in an uncompleted building.
She claims to have learnt the trade from health workers she observed at the Amasaman Government Hospital near the Ga West Municipal Assembly Council where she works.
But the sharp pain victims of the quack doctor suffer is the least of the nightmares they go through. They have to battle with smelly fluid that drips from their private parts for days.
One of the victims who spoke to Joy News’ Kwetey Nartey said “when she injected the concoction, I begun to feel uneasy and I bled profusely afterwards. But the blood ceased after I took some herbal medicine someone gave me”.
Charlotte Fiagbor is the latest victim of the quack. She is just as unlucky as the rest. The mother of two went to Grace to undertake one of the family planning methods advertised.
Convinced that she had gotten a perfect job done, Charlotte went home thinking that she was not going to get pregnant anytime soon, But this was not the case.
The very first sexual encounter with her husband resulted in pregnancy.
When Charlotte approached the abortion contractor, she told her “this problem is my mistake don’t worry I will do it [abort it] for it for you. Yours is just one month, someone was six months pregnant but I was able to help her so don’t worry”.
A 16-year-old Junior High School dropout was also a victim.
She said she opted to go for the dangerous procedure because she could not afford to bring up a child if she chose to have the baby. Her boyfriend gave the required amount for the abortion but both of them changed their minds and decided to keep the pregnancy.
It’s been four months since she has been demanding a refund of her money.
When Kwetey accompanied her to demand a reimbursement, Grace acknowledged that she owed the young lady È»150 but said she couldn’t pay because of her troubles with the police.
She claims she had spent all her money on her case with the police because she had been arrested for aborting someone’s pregnancy when she was “just trying to help”.
Grace Kortei was arrested by the police again on Thursday at her home around 3:00pm.
The police retrieved syringes, a pair of scissors and drugs in her room.
She produced a certificate she claimed allowed her to practice as a family planning officer.
An examination of the certificate, however, revealed that it was nothing but a paper from a two-day training workshop on family planning.
The police have begun investigations into the issue and will invite victims and witnesses to establish their case. When investigations are done they would proffer charges against her, they say.
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