- The matter came to light after Chisi asked for a favour from a medical "colleague" to carry out a surgical procedure on his relative.
By Mutsa Makuvaza
NEW details have emerged over how a 25-year-old man wearing a white coat and a stethoscope passed off as a medical doctor at Parirenyatwa Hospital for seven months before his cover was finally blown this week.
Admire Chasi, a total fraud who had no medical qualifications whatsoever despite “working” in the hospital’s casualty unit, was busted on Tuesday after hospital authorities called in the police.
Chisi of Zimre Park in Ruwa pushed his luck too far and was finally busted this week when the hospital’s head of casualty received reports from hospital staff that the young “doctor” looked uncharacteristically ignorant of basic medical procedures.
A source at the hospital said Chisi was stationed at casualty department and had been performing duties that include surgeries and prescribing medications to unsuspecting patients since the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown in April.
When police swooped on the mischief maker, they searched him and recovered a stethoscope, medical needles, medical hair caps and other medical tools. It was not immediately clear what the young man sought to achieve with his act.
The matter came to light after Chisi asked for a favour from a medical “colleague” to carry out a surgical procedure on his relative.
It turned out the “relative” was actually a private “client” who Chisi had fleeced of an undisclosed amount of cash. Authorities are yet to ascertain how many other such unsuspecting patients had been fleeced in a similar way.
Chisi also reportedly failed to answer questions from qualified doctors who had observed anomalies in his conduct and alerted the police. After a lengthy investigation, the fraudster admitted he had no qualifications.
“Qualified doctors doubted his credentials after he failed to answer simple medical questions which led to the police being alerted,” said the source
Nurses at the institution at one point doubted his conduct but would dismiss it as a mistake.
“At times he would write a prescription with an overdose of drugs but we would take it as a mistake which we would rectify,” said a nurse at the hospital.
Parirenyatwa Group of Hospital issued a statement urging members of the public to remain watchful of criminals.
“On October 20 2020, Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals discovered that the Accident and Emergency Department had been infiltrated by a fake medical doctor who posed as a physician registrar.
“The matter was discovered after our vigilant casualty staff doubted his medical proficiency and made some inquiries,” reads the statement in part.
The hospital also said that “people with malicious intentions can take advantage of the vastness of our hospital and its complex systems to cause various prejudices.”
He could be charged with impersonating or worse, depending on whether his presence at the medical facility posed a life risk to any patients.
It is not yet clear if Chisi had been drawing a salary for the seven months he has been “working” at the hospital. Also, investigators will seek to establish whether the bogus doctor’s presence at the facility caused any loss of life or health risk to patients.
Another lawyer speaking on condition of anonymity told the Zimbabwe Voice that the hospital could find itself facing huge, draining lawsuits if it ever turns out that some patients who Chisi attended to decide to sue.
“The hospital bosses better pray this fraudulent doctor didn’t touch a patient who subsequently died. They’ll be sued down to the bricks on their walls. But even if no one died as a result, the mere fact that the fake doctor was attending to patients can cause real big legal trouble for the hospital.” – Zimbabwe Voice ■