Police engaged in running battles with areas residents for close to three hours, who were protesting the arrest of Tusubira, saying that he was the only “doctor” in their area.
Edward Tusubira, who has been on the most wanted list of quack doctors in Masaka region, has finally been arrested. Tusubira was picked up on Friday amidst protests by residents in a joint operation mounted by police and officials from the Allied Health Professional Council to get rid of quack doctors. He was found at his newly opened Ssuubi referral medical services center that is found in Bethlehem trading Center in Nabigasa Sub County in Rakai district.
Police engaged in running battles with areas residents for close to three hours, who were protesting the arrest of Tusubira, saying that he was the only “doctor” in their area. Tusubira attempted to box a female police officer who wrestled him and handcuffed amidst protests from residents.
Michael Kayizzi Mubiru, the Regional Supervisor Allied Health Professional Council says that they have been hunting for the suspect for a very long time for impersonating medical doctors by operating patients without any qualification. He explains that before his arrest on Friday, they found the suspects performing an operation on unknown patient from his dirty clinic.
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Reginah Nansamba, the officer in charge of Kalisizo Police Station says Tusubira was arrested together with seven other suspected fake health workers who have been operating illegal clinics in Rakai. She identifies the suspects as Sarah Achen of Bethelem health center, Sifurah Nanfuma of Kasambya health care and Sarah Nassali of His Grace Health Center amongst others.
She says that they also impounded fake and expired drugs from the suspects, which will be used in court as exhibits. Nansamba says that they have recorded statements from the suspects, adding that they will be charged with operating medical services illegally, in breach on the public health act. All the suspects are being held at Kalisizo central police station. But “Doctor” Tusubira denies operating illegally; saying that he submitting his documents to the health ministry for approval saying he is still waiting for a response, adding that he uses the basics he learnt at Rakai Hospital to operate on patients.
The arrest of these suspects brings to at least 40, the number of suspected quack doctors arrested since the operation was launched on Monday in Kalungu, Bukomansimbi, Masaka, Lwengo, and Rakai.
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