Victor Akpan is the chief medical director of Luna Maternity and Surgery Hospital in Gwarinpa, Abuja, and had successfully been delivering pregnant mothers of babies, performing caesarean sections, and removing fibroids among other medical procedures for 10 years before being arrested by the police for allegedly practising medicine without legal approval, Punch reports.
A quack and unregistered doctor, Akpan is alleged to have been practising with fake and stolen medical certificates. A recent move to screen practising doctors and reverify their credentials by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) led to the exposure and subsequent arrest of the Abuja doctor.
Akpan opened Luna Maternity and Surgery Hospital in 2006 with forged government papers, even though the MDCN had rejected his homoepath licence application four years earlier on the grounds that Enugu State University which he claimed to have graduated from was not approved by the government to run alternative medicine courses – Dr. Henry Okwuokenye, head of Inspectorate Division at MDCN explained.
“Akpan had big name patients as far back as 2007 and had facilitated the expansion of his clinic. He hired five workers, who assisted him in an apartment where he performed caesarean sections, removed fibroids and delivered pregnant women of babies,” Okwuokenye said.
Akpan had allegedly paid N15,000 to a worker at the Enugu State Teaching Hospital to obtain forged MDCN practice certificate. The said certificate was subsequently discovered to have been issued to one Dr. Awani, a 1995 Medicine and Surgery graduate of the University of Benin.
Other forged papers also show Akpan had his medical internship at Calvary International Hospital in Enugu in 1996 and his NYSC service with the Nigerian Prisons Service in 1997. The quack doctor also lied he attended a crash course of the West African College of Surgeons in 2001 and had a postgraduate certificate on Scientific Basis of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 2002.
Last year, one Martins Ugwu, a senior medical officer with the Federal Ministry of Health was arrested by the police for practising medicine for over nine years with forged and stolen medical credentials.
Akpan is currently cooling his heels with the police and may soon be paraded before journalists prior to his appearance in court.