Fake Cameronian Medical Doctor Attested In Cross River
The fight against quackery and counterfeit drugs in the state is one which the state Government has vowed to take seriously to save lives of citizens. Cross River State Ministry of Health and the police, on Monday arrested an alleged fake medical doctor, identified as Kimi Emmanuel, a Cameroonian refugee who disguised himself as a medical doctor to carry out medical operation in Abo Ogbangate Community, Boki Local Government Area of Cross River State.
Emmanuel was arrested in Abo Ogbangate community in Boki LGA following an intel to the State Taskforce by the Councillor representing the Ward Hon Osang Pius kejuo who led men of the Nigeria Police to burst his activities.
The Chairman of Anti Quakery Committee and Special Adviser Health, Dr David Ushie said, the arrest of the suspected fake medical and alternative medicine practitioner, by name Dr. Kimi Emmanuel, at his premises is a major breakthrough for the Committee under the leadership of the Commissioner for Health, Dr Betta Edu who has issue out a riot act against quackery in the State.
“Acting on an intelligence report from the Councillor representing the Abo Ogbangate Ward in Boki, the Committee as directed by the Commissioner effected the successful arrest and detention of the fake doctor, who has been defrauding unsuspecting members of the public and posing as a medical practitioner, collecting monies for fake Surgeries and prescribing wrong medications for the population .
The Cross River State Commissioner for Health, Dr Betta Edu disclosed that the suspect is alleged to have been practising medicine without qualification, registration or approval from the State Ministry of Health which has statutorily mandated to regulate medical outreaches and practice in Cross River State. She has again asked that all quackery outfits, counterfeit drug dealers and unqualified persons leave Cross River state to avoid embarrassment as the fight against quackery heightens!
She revealed that the police have commenced further investigation and prosecution of the suspect. This is one among the several efforts of the state Ministry of health at sanitising the medical profession in the State and as such will serve as deterrent to others.
The Commissioner commended the effort of the Ward Councillor, Hon Pius Kejuo Osang for his proactive move and for having the best interest of his people at heart by raising alarm to Taskforce for further action by the State Ministry of Health. She call on others to emulate him and blow the whistle when necessary to save lives. “Before you subject yourself to anyone for Medical care, ensure the are qualified and have been authorized to do so, so you do not meet avoidable death”.
In another news, NCDC To Build New Molecular Reference Laboratory In Cross River
The Government of Sen Ben Ayade has made great efforts to see that health institutions affected during the #ENDSARS protest which was later hijacked by hoodlums; do not lead to complete collapse of health services in those facilities in the state. As part of the recovery moves, the Commissioner for Health and National Chairman of Nigeria Health Commissioners forum who also doubles as the Chairman COVID-19 Taskforce Dr Betta Edu met with the Director General of NCDC Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu to discuss ways in which NCDC could support the state to rebuild.
Affected during the crises was the Reference Laboratory at Dr. Lawrence Henshaw Hospital Calabar (IDH) which was completely vandalized and looted with people stealing active samples for HIV, TB and even COVID-19. This unacceptable act has since 24 October 2020, denied Cross River of having one of the best reference labs in the country. Presently there is no reference Lab for testing of TB samples, HIV samples and COVID-19 samples in IDH Calabar as the Gene Xpert machines, PCR machines Cartridges, biosafety cabinets, autoclaves and incinerators were stolen or vandalized. The TB Ward was also completely looted and vandalized, however the state has swung into action to restore the TB wards for active patients.
The NCDC Boss condemned the act in clear terms, sympathized with the state and asked that the state Government should not be deterred but see this as an opportunity to work with partners and Federal Government to get a bigger and better Reference Lab for the state. He said a team will be dispatched immediately to the state and he might come in if need be to asses the level of damage, while NCDC will support the state to immediately get a new reference Laboratory running to meet the urgent demand in the state. He promised that NCDC will continue to work with the state to prevent any out break of disease in the state. The Health Commissioner thanked him and his team at NCDC for the continuous support to the state, promising that the state will do all possible to get all affected health facilities running again with their support and that of other Development partners.
It will be recalled that the state had set up two Isolation centers and donated PPEs to the Calabar Correctional service. The state also set up a sample collection and testing Mechanism to help restore back the justice system so inmates can be admitted into the facility in calabar after almost 6 months of not admitting inmates due to COVID-19.
All new inmates are tested and Isolated till their results are out before they are allowed into the general facility. Two of the new inmates who were to be accepted in tested positive although asymptotic, they have been isolated at the new Isolation center in the facility till the test negative and will be allowed to mingle with others in the general cell.
Contact tracing is ongoing and no other confirmed case has been identified so far.