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The Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) has arrested and handed over a suspected fake doctor to the Gombe State police command for further investigation.

Dr Henry Okwuokenye, the Assistant Registrar of the council, confirmed this in Gombe on Monday while briefing newsmen.

Okwuokenye stated that the council had received a tip off that there was a medical doctor in one of the private hospitals in Gombe who was said to be working with cloned documents.

According to him, the committee on medical quackery quickly visited the health facility where the alleged imposter was said to be practicing.

“Fortunately and unfortunately for him we met him on duty and we engaged him in an interaction which gave us the fact that he is not the owner of the documents.

“We have all the data of all doctors in Nigeria and with the data we can easily tell that the documents he is having are cloned,” he explained.

The medical personnel said his association had invited the police and handed over the suspect to them for “them to do their work”.

He said that the police would do further questioning to uncover the real reason the suspect was using fake or cloned documents.

Okwuokenye, however, said the alleged fake doctor claimed that he was pushed into the act after the death of his father forced him to drop out of tertiary institution.

He further stated that the suspect admitted that his act was wrong and his situation was no excuse to engage in such illegality.

Okwuokenye advised owners of private health facilities to always conduct thorough background checks through the help of relevant agencies and his council before recruiting doctors.

“The only people or profession that have direct relevance to human lives is the medical profession so they have to be careful,” he cautioned.

He also warned those still in the business of using fake or cloned documents to “steer clear of the medical practice, because we have our eyes nationwide”.

He appealed for collaborative efforts to rid the state and country of fake medical personnel, adding that doing so will help ensure the protection of the health of unsuspecting masses.

Okwuokenye hinted that patients had right to request for any doctor’s license before being treated.

He assured that the council was working towards ensuring that patients are able to easily verify doctors on the council’s portal using doctors’ names and number. (NAN)

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