Malawi Police have arrested another man posing as a doctor was arrested at the country’s major referral centre, Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre, barely a fortnight after the arrest of a bogus doctors.
According to press reports security guards at the hospital on Monday seized a man suspected to be bogus doctor who reported for duties in Ward 3A.
The suspect first arrived at the hospital in the morning and left a stethoscope (an audio medical device used by medical people to listen to internal sounds of human body) and some medical books in the ward and told nurses on duty that he would be back.
The man – was found in possession of a College of Medicine (CoM) identity card (ID) bearing the name Zizwani Mwafulirwa – then returned at around 11am only to find himself in the hands of security guards who had already been alerted by the nurses.
The suspect said he was a third year student at CoM Lilongwe Campus and was visiting a patient and a friend at the hospital.
He then changed his particulars during questioning, saying his real name was John Kamanga aged 24 from Chiradzulu and that he only picked the ID and books along the street in Lilongwe’s Area 23.
Blantyre Police Station spokesperson Elizabeth Divala said Kamanga hails from Mavila Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Nchema in Chiradzulu.
He has been charged with impersonating a medical doctor.
QECH chief hospital administrator Themba Mhango said there were five suspects and after arresting the first fake doctor Wongani Akuzike Kandulu (whose name later transpired to be Wongani Kumbukani Kandulu), employees have been on high alert while trailing the other four.
“These people [masquerading as doctors] don’t see or treat patients, but they are like middlemen. They know who works in the X-ray, pharmacy and other departments and convince patients or their guardians to give them money for quick treatment,” said Mhango.