A committee in the Tudun Wada local government area of Kano state revealed that it discovered 130 hospitals and pharmacies run by traditional healers, some of whom are holders of the upper secondary school certificate examination.
The committee set up by local government president Alhaji Tijjani Matata also said it discovered during its investigation that one of the fake doctors is an electrical engineer who owned an eight-bed hospital that claimed to treat different diseases.
Committee chairman Alhaji Abubakar Karafe also told reporters that one of the fake doctors infused HIV-positive blood into a woman who came for malaria treatment.
Karafe said: “It is disheartening that we have even found an electrical engineer operating a private hospital and taking care of patients; prescribing medication, administering drips, blood, and even caring for pregnant women. One of them even added HIV-positive blood to a woman.
“We even found one who is a seller of traditional medicine, but he admitted cholera patients. We had to evacuate them to the hospital for proper treatment. Most of them don’t even have basic knowledge about health.
“One of them said he was a nurse, and then we found out he only has a high school completion certificate.”
Karafe further revealed that the investigation followed a series of complaints received from residents about the proliferation of private hospitals and pharmacies in their various towns.
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