Briefing journalists here yesterday, Morogoro Regional Police Commander, Wilbroad Mutafungwa said the suspects were arrested at different localities during routine police patrols. He said police were also tipped off by Good Samaritans on the presence of people who were conducting medical services without licence.
Mtafungwa said the first suspect Barnabas Bernad Mayunga (32) was arrested at Morogoro regional referral hospital in possession of counterfeit drugs and medical supplies with a fake stamp from the Medical Stores Department (MSD).
Mayunga a resident of Kihonda in the municipality had hidden the seized fake drugs in his vehicle—T 394 DKP made Toyota Harrier. He said during police search at his house, the suspect was found with various fake medical supplies at his home including cotton wool, unfilled medical insurance forms, medical drips, injections, uniforms, drugs and one voter card.
He said police continues tracing his working history as well as profession since he has been presenting himself as a doctor. He said Mayunga has been pretending to be a doctor and attending to patients at different places within Morogoro.
“Mayunga was a former employee at the Morogoro regional referral hospital, but he wasn’t a doctor. We want to trace his education background and the college where he claimed to have attended to pursue medical courses”, said the RPC noting that they also want to know the person who supplied him with the counterfeit drugs and fake medical equipment.
In another incident, Daniel Nelson (28) a resident of Minjenja village in Gairo district was arrested for illegal possession of various medical equipment including cannula, MVA-set and tube, stethoscope machine, clinical coat, metal tray, scissors, speculum and sponges.
According to SACP Mutafungwa, the suspect was earlier arrested for hiding in his house a girl whose parent reported the matter at the police stations. He said when police went to rescue the girl; they also found the alleged medical equipment in the suspect’s home.
The RPC noted that Nelson had previously worked at one Mission hospital in the region (laboratory department), but he continued offering the services at his residence without permit from relevant authorities.
Police are investigation is ongoing suspects will appear in cout when investigation is complete, he said.