Police and officials from Allied Health Professional Council have arrested a man in Lwengo who has been masquerading as a doctor for 15 years.
“Doctor” James Kibule was arrested on Tuesday evening in Kimwanyi village, Kingo Sub County, Lwengo.
Kibule had been running an establishment named after himself Kibule Medical Centre in the village.
11 patients were found awaiting treatment in the “medical centre.”
The “medical centre” had to be surrounded before Kibule could be arrested at 4pm.
Southern Region Allied Health Professional Council Supervisor, Michael Kayizi says they had been receiving many complaints about Kibule’s practice for some time.
Masaka District Health Officer Dr. Stuart Musisi complained that Kibule was operating without a medical licence.
Kayizi says that he had first seen Kibule as a clinician. However, when he asked him for his academic documents, Kibule switched his story and claimed that he was an enrolled nurse. A follow up with the Uganda Nurses Council brought the revelation that it did not recognise him.
At the time of Kayizi’s inquires, Kibule had been running the Kimwanyi Health Center III for 10 years. Kibuleresigned from his position as the health centre’s in-charge in late 2013 and set up his own “medical centre.”
Kibule Medical Centre has been operating in a four roomed bungalow. Two of the rooms were being used for hosting patients without regard for their gender. On one of the admission beds were found three patients, a woman and children.
But patients found awaiting Kibule’s attention attempted to defend him. A mother of a 1 year old baby Kulusumu Namata insisted that Kibule must be qualified before she has been treated at his facility many times.
Namata says she her child had been responding positively to medication offered by Kibule for severe Malaria.
Under arrest, Kibule confessed that he did not have a medical licence to practice. He, however, explained that he had quit the health centre III to be able to devote time to study to be a qualified clinician or doctor. However, since he did not have enough money for tuition, he had decided to set up the medical facility to raise the money.
Kibule’s “former patients” were advised to seek treatment from recognised government hospitals and health centres.
Three others were also arrested for masquerading as medical personnel or found without proper documentation. Those arrested are Justine Nabakooza, Florence Nakiyimba and Rehma Nasamula.
Nabakooza operates a nameless “clinic” at Kingo trading centre that offers gynaecology services from a very small and dirty room. Florence Nakiyimba, who claims to be a nursing assistant, runs Hope Medical clinic at Kyabakuza. Rehma Nasamula is the owner of Trinity Medicare Kyabakuza.