Quack Fake doctor who operated for 11 years arrested after 2 die in his hospital

A nursing school drop out who operated a hospital for 11 years, has been arrested by the Lagos State Police after a pregnant woman died in his care.

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The fake doctor Celestine Yolonfun

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A fake doctor, who had been operating a hospital for over 11 years, Celestine Yolonfun, has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command after two patients lost their lives in his care, Punch reports.

The 32-year-old Badagry-born suspect was arrested in the Apapa area of the state where he ran a hospital, Be Well Hospital on Liverpool Road, after the husband of a pregnant woman who died in the hospital, reported him to the police.

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It was gathered that during investigations, the police realised that Yolonfun who dropped out of a Nursing School, had paid someone the sum of N700,000 to obtain fake certificates of the Nigerian Medical Association and the University of Ibadan, Oyo State, with which he has been parading as a qualified doctor.

On interrogation, Yolonfun confessed that he was not a qualified doctor.

“I have been practising since 2005. I did not attend any school in Nigeria. I went to the Benin Republic. I sat for the General Certificate Education two years ago. I wanted to attend a university in Nigeria to study Medicine.

But my wife fell sick and I could not. I dropped out of a nursing school in the Benin Republic. I came back to Nigeria in 2004, and I started the hospital in 2005.

Since I started the hospital, only two persons had died in the hospital. The first patient died in 2013. The second patient was that woman who died penultimate Saturday.

The woman was pregnant. She also had high blood pressure. After giving her the initial treatment, I planned to refer her to a bigger hospital, but she died before I could move her. Her baby also died.”

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The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Dolapo Badmos who confirmed the arrest of the fake doctor, said he would soon be charged to court, warning residents to always beware of professionals whose qualifications looked dubious.

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