Fake surgeons arrested in Cross River

Fake surgeons arrested in Cross River

Some fake surgeons have been arrested in Cross River State for performing surgeries in Ogoja LGA of the state.

Their arrest was announced by Dr. David Ushie, Governor Ben Ayade’s Special Advisor on Health Issues and Chairman of the Cross River State Task Force on Quackery and Related Violations in the Health Care Delivery System. health, in Calabar.

The suspects were arrested after the task force was alerted to the activity of bogus doctors at a community health center in Aladim in Ogoja LGA.

Ushie said;

“I have received a denunciation regarding the activities of some ‘miracle surgeons’ in the Aladim community of Ogoja LGA.

“My team left Calabar at 12:30 p.m. on September 8, 2022 to ensure that the offenders did not escape as they usually did.

“We immediately contacted the Chairman of the Board, Hon. Emmanuel Ishabor and the Ogoja Region Command DPO, Supol Horsfall, who both confirmed the incident.

“After a full day of interviews and assessment of the facility, we made the following findings: There were 10 patients on admission. Nine of the ten patients had eleven “surgeries”.

“Of the nine, three patients had four ‘hernia’ surgeries. The majority of the seven underwent ‘surgery’ for ‘appendectomies’. A patient underwent two surgeries for “appendix” and “hernia”.

“At least five of the 11 surgeries were clearly recognizable as superficial skin cuts giving patients the false impression that they had undergone one or more surgeries.

“At least six people conspired in these fake surgeries, and they performed ‘surgeries’ on all nine.”

One of the suspects who performed an ultrasound is believed to work with Life First, which is located in Okuku, Yala LGA, and is owned by Dr Augustine Adugba, a medical doctor.

Ushie told reporters that Dr. Augustine Adugba and others allegedly facilitated the activities after the April 2022 meeting at Aladim health center where the community agreed to perform the fake operations.

While the suspects are now in custody after some went into hiding and were being tracked, patients treated by the quack doctors have been transferred to Ogoja General Hospital for better treatment.

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