Inspections turn up bogus doctors
A UGANDAN traditional healer has been arrested over allegations that he has been performing illegal abortions.
Abubakari Kaweesa, believed to be using the pseudo name Dr J Rajab, was arrested by the Hawks during a raid in Malelane, Mpumalanga yesterday, in a joint operation with the Medicines Control Council and the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).
Daphey Chuma of the HPCSA said an undercover agent contacted Kaweesa, who confirmed that he does perform terminations for R700.00.
The two then set up an appointment and Kaweesa escorted the agent to his premises. There, the agent paid Kaweesa for the abortion and he was subsequently arrested and taken into custody at the Malelane Police Station. “Medication and boxes of pamphlets advertising the abortions were seized from the premises. He was denied bail and his next court appearance will be on October 18, 2017.
“The ‘working’ premise of the alleged doctor was a small dark room filled with traditional paraphernalia and a mattress which was placed on the floor, where the termination procedure would be conducted.
“There were no signs of pregnancies being surgically terminated at the time of the inspection,” Chuma said in a statement.
Chuma said they have increased efforts to clampdown on bogus practitioners around the country since establishment of the Inspectorate Office. She also warned “bogus practitioners” to refrain from practising as practitioners and putting the lives of vulnerable people at risk.
“The HPCSA continues to warn bogus practitioners to refrain from masquerading as professional practitioners as this has dire consequences to the public. The public is also advised of the dangers of consulting with unlicensed practitioners,” she said.
Two weeks ago, two unregistered locum doctors, Mr Djimmy Omange Kembe and Mr Soko-Konde Albert Mabungu, were also arrested during an inspection conducted in the North-West Province, by the HPCSA, The Hawks North West, Rustenburg Local Criminal Record Centre and the Medicines Control Council.
The two Congolese citizens were alleged to have been found practising while not registered.
The HPCSA said the two locum doctors were employed by a registered practitioner, Dr Kamlesh Jogi. They were charged with contravention of Section 17 (1) of the Health Professions Act, for practising while not registered with the council and Section 22 (c) (5) of the Medicine and Related Substances Act for dispensing without a licence.