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Fake Doctors on the Prowl

There appears to be an epidemic of fake medical practitioners in different states across the country as the Nigeria police has made several discoveries and arrests in the past months. The most recent being the arrest of a 26 years old name Akilapa Johnson by the Oyo state police command for carrying out an abortion on a 23 year old lady.

Johnson had performed the procedure, knowing fully well that he lacked the formal training to practice as a medical doctor. The process left the young lady named Barakat in critical condition at the University College Hospital, Ibadan.
The abortion was carried out in the Johnson’s apartment which served as clinic located in a slum at Sasa, Ibadan. Investigation revealed that Johnson, a Secondary School Leaving Certificate holder, was only trained as a paramedic nurse and a first aid giver.
Also in a similar story in Abuja, Investigations by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) led to police arresting a man who ran a private hospital for 10 years in Gwarimpa area of Abuja, where he offered surgeries and antenatal care, using forged certificates.
Victor Moffat Akpan was the owner of Luna Maternity & Surgery, an outfit he opened in 2006 as a “surgeon” using a forged practice licence—four years after MDCN refused to grant him license to practice as a homeopath.
He’s understood to have delivered by caesarean section a set of conjoined twins who later died at National Hospital in 2013.
Investigations show Akpan presented the forged documents to unsuspecting officials of Private Health Establishment and Monitoring Committee (PHEMC), which regulates private health outfits in Abuja, to get Luna registered.
His big patient load goes back to 2007, and his clinic expanded to hire five staff, working in a converted apartment where he performed caesarean sections, removed fibroid and delivered babies from women.

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