In­spec­tions turn up bo­gus doc­tors

The Star Late Edition - - METRO WATCH - STAFF RE­PORTER

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.

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