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Cross River task force nabs six fake doctors, others

By Anietie Akpan, Calabar
21 September 2022   |   3:29 am
Cross River State Task Force on Quackery and Related Violations in Healthcare Delivery System has arrested six fake doctors and other persons in connection with 11 fake surgery operations in the state

[FILES] Police vehicle. Photo/FACEBOOK/imostatemedia

Shut down 13 facilities

Cross River State Task Force on Quackery and Related Violations in Healthcare Delivery System has arrested six fake doctors and other persons in connection with 11 fake surgery operations in the state, while 13 health facilities have been shut down.

Chairman of the Task Force, Dr. David Ushie, who disclosed this, yesterday at a media briefing, said the task force inaugurated in 2020 had responded to 22 reports, arrested seven violators and closed down 13 healthcare facilities on account of various violations of the regulatory laws.

Ushie, who is also the Special Adviser to the state governor on Health
matters, said the sad incident happened in Aladim in Ogoja Local Council.

According to him, the Task Force working on a tip-off concerning the activities of some surgeons made necessary contacts with relevant government agencies and arrested some fake doctors on September 8, 2022.

Ushie further stated that the culprits work as a syndicate to extort money from innocent members of the public.

He said the Task Force does “not directly prosecute or adjudicate on issues affecting non-members, but will hand those who are not medical doctors over to the police, while members are handled by internal disciplinary processes.