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Law too soft to eliminate fake medical practitioners in the market

By Kamau Muthoni | Published Fri, May 26th 2017 at 00:00, Updated May 26th 2017 at 10:09 GMT +3
Medical practitioners and Dentists Board C.E.O Daniel Yumbya

The Medical Practitioners and Dentists Act does not have enough teeth to punish those who play with other peoples' lives to make money.

The punishment is so lenient that one can afford to pay the fine or serve the jail term then get back to the dangerous and illegal business.

Section 22 of the Act reads that a person who is arrested practising medicine, surgery or dentistry but is not licensed, shall be guilty of an offence that is liable for a fine of Sh10,000 or spend a term in jail that does not exceed 12 months, or both.

In addition, those who use the title 'doctor' and are not qualified should be slapped with a fine not exceeding Sh10,000 or jailed for a period that does not exceed two years, or both.

Fake doctors

Last year, the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board managed to arrest 15 fake doctors in Kisumu and Siaya counties.

In Trans Nzoia, Elgeyo Marakwet and Uasin Gishu counties, the board managed to nab seven fake doctors. They also found 37 unregistered health facilities operating in the three counties.

In Nairobi, the board arrested at least 26 bogus pharmacists.

The Kenya Medical Laboratory Technicians and Technologies Board on the other hand arrested more than 50 people who were practising with forged certificates.