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Medical council prosecutes 10 fake doctors


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19. June

 

The Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, on Tuesday, said it was currently prosecuting over 10 fake medical doctors that were apprehended at various times while disguising as practitioners.

Registrar of MDCN, Dr. Ibrahim Abdul-Mumini, who made this disclosure in a telephone conversation with our correspondent, said the culprits were currently being prosecuted in the states where they were found to be practising illegally.

Abdul-Mumini was reacting to the trial of a suspect in Calabar, Cross River State, Simeon Ukpun (35), who allegedly used the certificates of one Dr. Collins Okafor to secure employment with the state Ministry of Health.

The registrar, who spoke through the Head of Inspectorate, MDCN, Dr. Henry Okwuokenye, said three cases of fake medical doctors in Lagos and Abuja were being prosecuted while Delta, Rivers, Ondo and Cross River had one case each.

Speaking on the case of Ukpun, who was arrested in January 2012, but is just being prosecuted now, Okwuokenye noted that communication gap between the police and the Directorate of Public Prosecution in the state Ministry of Justice was responsible for the delay.

He said, “It took this long to prosecute Ukpun but the fault was not ours. After he was arrested in January 2012 and handed over to the police, he ought to have been charged to court 74 hours later but we did not get any feedback.

“There was communication gap between the DPP and the Police and that was the cause of the delay. Even when the matter eventually went to court initially, there were several adjournments.”

He said by virtue of CAP M8 2004 LFN, pertaining to medical and dental practitioners, the council has the power to regulate medical practice in the country in order to weed the profession of quacks.

Article Credit: Punch Newspaper

Updated 6 Years ago
 

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