By Waweru Titus
The University of Nairobi has dismissed reports that Ronald Kiprotich Melly, the quack doctor who was hired and eventually promoted by the Health ministry, was its medical student, according to The Nation.
Melly who is believed to be the grandson of the late Ezekiel Barng’etuny, a nominated MP during retired President Daniel Moi era, was on Monday (21/11/16) arrested by the Special Crimes Prevention Unit after it was unearthed that he used fake documents to gain employment as a medical doctor.
The quack doctor, currently a Medical Superintendent of Meteitei Sub-County Hospital in Nandi, was tricked to appear before the Medical Board offices where he was allegedly going to renew “permanent” medical license and it was at that moment when he was netted.
Melly confessed to the Kenya Medical and Practitioners Board that he did not complete his medical education at the University of Nairobi and had pending supplementary exams before he could graduate and qualify to practice as a medical officer.
The CEO to the medical board indicated that UoN could not recognize Melly as it’s student.
“The university cannot trace him on their records,” said Mr Yumbya. “He is not among those who qualified or failed in his year. What is even surprising is that Mr Melly says he has forgotten his university admission and registration number. I am waiting for official communication from the university tomorrow (Tuesday).”
In February this year, the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board directed all doctors to wear an identification badge bearing their names, photos, registration numbers and speciality while attending to patients.
“This will assist the members of public verify whether the doctor is qualified and licensed by the board to practise,” CEO Yumbya said.
Mr Yumbya had warned that the board would carry out countrywide inspections to ensure all doctors and health facilities are duly licensed to practise and operate.