The Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria has raided a hospital in Ilorin, Kwara State, identified as Springway Hospital.
Many documents and a medical certificate believed to have been stolen from their owners were found during the raid last Saturday.
The Head of Inspectorate, MDCN, Dr. Okwuokenye Henry, who was in Ilorin on the instruction of the council’s registrar, Dr. Abdulmumini Ibrahim, said the council got a report that a doctorate degree holder in Human Kinetics and Health Education, Dr. Olaitan Lanre, established and operated the facility in Oko Erin area of the state.
He added that Lanre had allegedly been working as a doctor, carrying out surgery and fertility operations on patients in the clinic which operates 24-hour services.
According to him, Lanre also claimed to be a lecturer at the University of Ilorin.
The head of the MDCN inspectorate stated that the council had already informed UNILORIN about the illegal activities of the fake doctor who claimed to be a lecturer at the varsity.
Henry ordered the closure of the facility pending the resolution of the matter. He also urged the police to arrest Lanre.
He added that the raid was to prevent the fake doctor from endangering the lives of unsuspecting patients.
He stated that the two doctors indicted by the recovered documents at the hospital had been summoned to appear before the MDCN.
Henry said, “We received a petition in my office in Abuja that somebody who had a Ph.D in Human Kinetics and also a lecturer with University of Ilorin named Dr. Olaitan Lanre opened a hospital in Oko Erin in Kwara State and has been working as a doctor carrying out surgery on people and fertility operations.
“During the raid, we discovered that the letter for the registration of the hospital was written by the fake doctor who used the name of one Dr. Jimoh A.A. as the overseer of the hospital and another Dr. Adeyemi as the medical director in charge of the hospital.
“During investigations, both doctors denied knowing Lanre who opened the hospital. Dr. Adeyemi, who is said to be the medical director of the hospital and whose certificate was also used to register the hospital, does not work there. Lanre’s operations at the hospital are fraudulent.
“When we got to the place with policemen, we met the place under lock and key which shows that he had been informed of our coming but some employees of the hospital were hovering around the place. Two were arrested, and policemen are already interrogating them.”
The Director, Medical Services and Training, Kwara State Ministry of Health, Dr. Subair Erubu, said the fake doctor used the name of some doctors to obtain his licence to register the hospital.
“The hospital didn’t register as a hospital but as a clinic and maternity home to carry out minor treatments on people. But we are surprised that the clinic has gone beyond what is expected of it by carrying out surgery for cases that do not even require such,” Erubu said.