Kenya:Quack doctor hits again

By Samuel Ouma

James Mugo Ndichu
James Mugo Ndichu

Kenyans are alert after an investigation by a local media divulged that a fake doctor who had hit news headlines three years ago for operating an illegal clinic and alleged rape of patients is back to his prohibited business.

James Mugo Ndichu alias Mugo Wairimu on Monday, November 5, was exposed operating a new clinic called Millan Medical Center in a different area within Nairobi.

Mr. Mugo is accused of conducting abortions, consuming alcohol inside the clinic as he attends to patients in his new clinic. He was captured extorting Ksh.23, 000 ($230) from a woman whose daughter had just procured an abortion on the ground that she was receiving treatment for an upset stomach.

In a rather shocking scene, he was screened conducting an interview for a new staff as a patient wails in the same room. Then he told the interviewee to remove a stuck swollen swab from the patient’s body.

He was also exposed giving a diagnosis seemingly drunk and then proceeded to demand Ksh.800 ($8) for drugs that cost only Ksh.40 ($0.4).

Mugo was arrested and charged in 2015 by Limuru Magistrate Court with raping sedated women, operating a drug shop not licensed with the Pharmacy and Poisons Board. He was granted Ksh.2 million ($20,000) bond with a surety of the same amount.

He has been further intricated by his former employee who revealed barbaric acts he does to his patients.

“He used to rape patients in his X-ray room which is very dark but nowadays he does this in his theatre room after sedating the patients with drugs,” a patient who sought anonymity reiterated.

The public outcry has made the police to launch a hunt for him. The police have nabbed two men believed to be part of his illegal clinic and are being kept in police custody. During the operation process, the officers recovered materials they believed were used in procurement of abortions at the clinic.

Kenya National Union of Nurses has distanced itself from the quack doctor calling on the authorities to arrest him for masquerading as a medic.

Addressing the media, Kenya National Union of Nurses Secretary General Seth Panyako, dissociate himself from the rape allegations labeling Mugo a quack fellow.

‘We want to say as nurses very categorically and strongly that the person is not a nurse. We dissociate ourselves from the incident and that fellow. We cannot have criminals operating as medical personnel. Members of the public need to be protected from such unscrupulous people.” Panyako said.

Mugo had claimed that he completed his studies as a nurse in 2000 at the University of Nairobi; however, he has no credentials to prove this.



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