Another Bogus Medical Practitioner Arrested In Kwekwe:
A 37-year old bogus medical practitioner from Kwekwe popularly known as Dr Togara was arrested operating a surgery in the mining town without proper requirements.
The accused who was identified as Emmanuel Machaya was nabbed by police detectives who were tipped that he was operating without required papers.
Machaya is reported to have been arrested after a team made up of the Ministry of Health and Child Care officials and those from the Zimbabwe Medical Association (ZIMA) carried out investigations before tipping police officers.
According to the Chronicle, the team discovered that Machaya dropped out of college before he could complete his sonographic course.
Machaya appeared before Kwekwe Magistrate Ms Samukelisiwe Gumbo facing charges of contravening the Health Professions Act. He was granted $5000 bail.
He was facing three counts of operating without a practising certificate, masquerading or presenting himself as a member of ZIMA and operating an unregistered health institution.
Mr Kudakwashe Mazorodze who represented the state told the court that members of the ZIMA in the capital, got wind that Machaya was masquerading as a medical practitioner and was administering medication to patients.
“On 22 February 2021 around 11 am, a team of Government health inspectors from Harare went to Medical Oasis Surgery in Kwekwe after they received information to the effect that the accused, who is an unregistered sonographer, was purporting to be a medical doctor and treating unsuspecting members of the public,” Mazorodze told the court.
The court also heard that the team then inspected the bogus health institution and discovered that operations were in full swing after they discovered patients’ records bearing the accused’s name as the attending doctor, surgical instruments and drugs amongst other things.
After the inspection, the team noticed that the surgery was not properly registered and was operating without proper paperwork, then tipped off ZRP Kwekwe Central.
After carrying out their own investigations, Machaya was arrested while on “duty” attending to some patients and dragged to court.