By Wasiu Popoola
A fake medical doctor has been arrested in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) in its resolve to rid the profession of quackery.
The hospital run by the charlatan, ‘Divine Citadel Health Centre’, located in Ajilosun area of the town has been shut while the suspect will soon be taken to court to face prosecution.
The state Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Sunday Omoya, who disclosed this at the weekend to round off this year’s Physicians’ Week urged members of the public to be vigilant on whom they consult on health matters adding that the certificates being paraded by the suspect was discovered to have been forged.
He said: “The NMA in partnership with MDCN set up a monitoring team to tackle quackery in medical practice. The man in question was reported to the police and was arrested after a screening conducted by the local government where he had worked for eleven years revealed that he was parading fake certificates.
“We reported to the Commissioner of Police and the man will soon face prosecution in court.”
The Ekiti NMA boss also raised the alarm over increasing incidences of hypertension and diabetes among Ekiti residents, saying a medical screening conducted on some residents recently gave an indication that the diseases are becoming endemic.
He called for the implementation of the National Health Acts 2014 by the federal government to make access to standard healthcare service a compulsion for every Nigerian and for the achievement of universal health coverage in the country.