BULAWAYO, Friday, October 18, 1991 — A Harare man who for nearly a month posed as a medical student from the University of Zimbabwe and worked at Rusape General Hospital on attachment for that period has been fined $400.
In addition, Allen Chisvo (23), who pleaded guilty, was sentenced to four months in jail wholly suspended for five years on condition he does not commit a similar offence.
The magistrate, Mr Andrew Msengezi, was told that in March this year, Chisvo went to the UZ campus in Harare where he presented himself as a fourth year medical student to administration officials.
He told them that he had lost his identification card and requested that he be given a replacement which he obtained.
On July 8, he contacted authorities at Rusape General Hospital and introduced himself as a medical student and asked if could be attached to the hospital for practicals during holidays.
It was then agreed that he moves to Rusape and Chisvo started work the following day. He worked at the hospital until August 3 when he went back to Harare.
Soon after he left the medical superintendent at the hospital, Dr Elias Kavuru, went to Harare and while there decided to visit Chisvo at the medical students’ residence at Parirenyatwa Hospital. Alas, Chisvo was nowhere to be found and nobody knew him. Dr Kavuru then reported to the police and Chisvo was arrested.
In mitigation, Chisvo said he had not treated any patient and only accompanied professional doctors on their rounds.