Quack dentist arrested

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By David Mafabi

Posted  Friday, June 6   2014 at  01:00

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Unearthed. The suspect was unmasked after he failed to answer key questions about medical practice by health officials


Police in Bulambuli District have arrested a man whom they accused of being a quack dentist at Bulambuli Health Centre IV.

Police say the suspect, armed with gadgets, walked straight into the district health officer’s (DHO) office as unsuspecting patients queued up anxiously to see the new dentist.

According to the DHO, Dr Muhammed Mulongo, the suspect walked into his office ready to work but when he interviewed him, he discovered that the suspect not a dentist.

Dr Mulongo said the statements from the suspect could not add up since he claimed to have trained at Makerere University medical school for three years and did his internship for one month at Iganga hospital.

“Medicine at Makerere takes five years, our internship takes a full year and Iganga hospital does not host medical internship students. I became suspicious, I called another doctor to join me in the interview,” said Dr Mulongo recently.

Upon arrest, the suspect could not explain to security officers how he came to the health facility without permission when he is neither a doctor nor a patient. He could not even say who his supervisors were.

The bag he had contained various letters bearing different names, bank slips for Busoga University, medical request forms and Kuber - a new narcotic drug on the Ugandan market.

The Bulambuli DPC, Mr Alifonse Musoni, said the suspect is a quack doctor who could have been treating and extorting money from unsuspecting patients in rural areas.

He added that the suspect will be produced in court when investigations are complete.

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