The Lagos State branch of the Nigeria Medical Association has disclosed how it arrested a fake Medical Doctor, Pore Franklin, in a joint sting operation with operatives of the Lagos State Police Command.
The Chairman, Lagos NMA, Dr. Benjamin Olowojebutu, revealed this in a statement he issued on Sunday in Lagos.
He said a letter from the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria showed that the license submitted by the Franklin and the folio number belonged to another Doctor.
Olowojebutu said: “A few days ago, the attention of NMA Lagos State was called to a situation in one of our private hospitals operating in Lagos State concerning suspicion that one Dr Poroye O. Franklin, who was parading himself as a registered Medical Practitioner was not one, but instead a quack
“A letter was immediately dispatched by NMA Lagos to the registrar of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, MDCN, to confirm his status as a registered medical practitioner.
“In their response, the MDCN confirmed that the license submitted was fake and the folio number submitted belonged to another doctor.
“Immediately after the response from MDCN was received, the leadership of NMA Lagos state, in conjunction with the Nigerian Police Force and the management of the private facility, effected his arrest in a sting operation and he is currently in police custody.
“The issue of quackery within the health sector is something that the current leadership of NMA, both at National and State branch levels, take seriously and this has led to the setting up of committees on anti-quackery in all state branches of NMA and at the National Level.”
Olowojebutu said that in Lagos, a summit was organised earlier in the year on the issue of quackery, adding that document from the summit had been given to relevant stakeholders, including the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Justice and the Lagos State Police Command by the leadership of NMA Lagos State for their input before it was presented to the Lagos State House of Assembly.
He added: “We want to assure Lagosians that NMA Lagos State will continue to ensure that they get the best in terms of healthcare service as we will leave no stone unturned in our determination to rid Lagos State healthcare system of quacks and fake doctors.”