History

Attempts had been made in the past to form a group within Ghana Medical Association.
However in 1972, Colonel Adjetey of blessed memory invited me to plan a meeting at Korle-Bu for a general meeting of all dental surgeons in the country.

I was able to make contact with a cross-section of colleagues on phone and also put an advert in the Graphic.
The meeting was planned for a Saturday at 10 am to allow those who were to travel to Accra to be able to attend, unfortunately as at 10 am there were only a handful of colleagues present.
The meeting was called to order at about 11:30 am when about 15 (fifteen) members had shown up.

After deliberating on how to improve membership of the Group and other matters, the meeting was closed at about 1:30 pm.
Colonel Adjetey had arranged lunch for all of us. After helping ourselves to the sumptuous lunch it was agreed that efforts should be made to meet every two months.

Among those who attended the meeting were Doctors: Richardson, Ofori-Gyebi, Dan Berko, Botchway, Paulina Kitcher, Bob and Sarah Lee, Daniels, Akrofi, Parry, Irene Sogborjor, Karikari and many others.

Meetings were called from time to time and as the population of dentists increased, attendance to meetings also got better.

When Colonel Adjetey was later appointed as Minister of Health, Dr. Robert Lee was elected as Chairman of the group and I was retained as Secretary with Dr. Irene Sogbodjor as Treasurer.

In 1985, when Dr. Lee stepped down as chairman, I was elected as Chairman.
At that time our numbers were growing and interest in the group was becoming evident.

In 1990, the group was invited to participate in the Oral Initiative Meeting in London.
The group prevailed on me to attend the meeting on their behalf.
It was at this meeting that the idea of formation of the Commonwealth Dental Association was conceived.

After my return to Ghana, the group held an emergency meeting to take a decision to form an association instead of a group and a resolution was passed.

At a general meeting of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) in 1990, the group proposed that Ghana Dental Association be formed within Ghana Medical Association.
The idea of not breaking away completely from the GMA was to maintain our relationship with GMA because of our numerical strength, especially when it came to negotiating for better remuneration or salaries of Doctors.

The proposition was accepted by GMA and this opened the way for the Association to apply for membership of International groupings; like the Commonwealth Dental Association (CDA), Federation of International Dentist (FDI) and the African Regional Organization of the FDI (ARO).
I was privileged to have attended the inauguration of both the Commonwealth Dental Association and the African Organization of FDI on behalf of the Association in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and Sun City in South Africa respectively.
The following Colleagues: Yaw Nyamalor, Gilbert Ankrah, Yaw Kudom, Constance Addo-Yobo, Josephine Sackeyfio, Edward Soga, Chloris Adadevoh, Godfried Otoo, Grace Parkins, Amoah, James Amoateng, Peter Donkor, Francis Adu- Ababio,
Merley Newman-Nartey, Irene Sogborjor, Patrick Karikari, Eric Asamoa, Grace Ababio
Opong Mensah, Victoria Bannor, Philipine Kuzoe, Annor Nyarko, Nii Otoo Nartey, Tony Amegdzie, Otu-Tawiah, Grace Andoh, Paulina Kitcher, and many others played prominent part in the promotion of the affairs of the group as well as the Association we have today.

courtesy DR FRANCIS APIAGYEI POKU