According to the report we sighted on Graphic.com, officers of the Health Facilities Regulatory Authority (HFRA) led by the registrar, Dr. Philip Bannor closed the facility Friday, January 29, 2021, as part of an enforcement exercise being conducted by the agency.
The reports add that the Health Institutions and Facilities Act 2011, Act 829 which established the HeFRA, empowers it to shut down any health facility which does not meet standards established by the law.
Per the law, a person shall not operate a health facility unless it is licensed under the act.
The Chief Executive Officer of Obengfo Hospital, Dr. Dominic Obeng-Andoh did not produce an operational license to the team when they visited the facility Friday morning, leading to the closure of the facility.
It is also reported that Dr Obeng-Andoh initially challenged the appropriateness of the exercise and insisted that he had the license to operate.
He described the exercise as “an act of mischief” adding that “you are targeting us and you want to paint us black.”
“We have been operating for the last 20 years and there’s no way we’ll be doing this without a license, “ Dr. Obengfo is reported to have said.
Despite his wild protest again the decision to shut him down, the leader of the delegation from the Health Facilities Regulatory Authority (HFRA), Dr. Philip Bannor did not pay heed as he eventually shut him down.
Speaking briefly, Dr. Bannor said that: “Having the license to practice is different from an operational license. The law requires you to procure a license from us and since you have failed to do so, we have no option than to close the facility”