The Anambra State Government has arrested two fake medical doctors and sealed off their health facilities at Alor in Idemili South Local Government Area and Adazi-Enu in the Anaocha Local Government Area of the state.
Dr Afam Obidike, this State’s Commissioner for Health, accompanied by some security operatives and members of the Anambra Joint Enforcement Team (ANJET), raided the areas on Friday night and arrested the suspects.
Speaking to newsmen on Saturday, the Commissioner identified the suspects as Anayo Okwara, owner of Bright Land Hospital and Maternity Ltd in Alor and Igwe Ogbonna, owner of Favour of God Hospital and Maternity, Adazi-Enu.
He said that the suspects were operating the hospitals illegally in the state.
“Following investigation, it was discovered that Ogbonna is not even a medical doctor and does not have any medical knowledge.
“He also used his hospital as a nursing school, where students pay as much as N70,000 to N100,000 to study nursing. Some of the student nurses we met at the facility confirmed this.
“On Okwara, the second suspect, the President-General of Alor community, Chief Emmanuel Ojukwu, wrote to the ministry complaining about incessant deaths recorded at Bright Land Hospital.
“Okwara, first claimed that he was a homoeopathic doctor, but later admitted that his medical certificates and license were forged when he was being questioned,” he said.
Obidike said that five illegal health facilities had been shut so far, saying that Gov. Chukwuma Soludo’s administration would not relent in its effort to flush out fake doctors operating across the state.
He said that the objective of the exercise was not to witch-hunt anyone but to ensure standards both in government and private hospitals in the state.
“It is unfortunate that death is an irreversible course and I do not understand why people who are not medical practitioners will continue to waste people’s lives because of greed and quest to make money through illegal means.
“We are sending out this warning to those operating illegally and parading themselves as medical doctors to close down their hospitals or face the full wrath of the law.
“Anambra is not a place for quacks to practice,” he said.
The Commissioner thanked the community leaders and vigilante groups for the tip-off and urged residents to be vigilant and report such illegality in their areas.
He commended Gov. Soludo for giving them the necessary support to execute the raid.
Obidike said that the suspects would be charged to court.