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Clinical officer who masqueraded as a surgeon deregistered by KMPDC

The Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Council (KMPDC) has announced the deregistration of a clinical officer who masqueraded as a surgeon for 16 years.

According to KMPDC, Mr David Nyawade Onyango had been falsely operating as a medical doctor without proper registration and claimed to be a surgeon despite lacking an undergraduate medical degree.

KMPDC is said to have started investigating Nyawade after some took to social media and complained about him.

The medical authority, however did not give more information on where he has been practicing.

“This is to inform the general public that the above-pictured person going by the name of ‘David Nyawade Onyango ‘ or ‘David Onyango Nyawade’ has been deregistered by the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Council and is hereby prohibited from practising as a medical doctor in the Republic of Kenya,” the public notice read.

Nairobi News has learned that Nyawade was successful in beating the system to the extent of being shortlisted for the position of Deputy Director of Medical Services in Mbita in Homa Bay County, whose interview is due on November 27, 2023.

According to sources, Nyawade forged his undergrad and post-graduated papers and successfully navigated the registration system to practice  as a surgeon.

To be a surgeon in Kenya, one has to be registered and submit their internship log book as proof of having successfully completed the 12-month mandatory internship.

For one to be posted for an internship, the university has to submit a graduation list. This applies to local universities.

Last year, a Nairobi court sentenced quack doctor Mugo wa Wairimu to 29 years and six months in prison for administering drugs to clients to commit sexual offenses against them and operating an illegal clinic.

During the sentencing, Chief Magistrate Wendy Kagendo said that “he is a danger to society and ought to be kept away for a long time”.

“He abused the knowledge he acquired on medical and health science to harm hapless women,” Kagendo said.

Kageni found Mugo guilty of 10 of the 12 counts against him he was also found guilty by the court of running an illegal clinic and illegally giving drugs to his patients.

In his defence, Mugo had pleaded with the magistrate to exonerate him due to a lack of proof.

He argued that the woman who claimed he raped her at his clinic was someone he had never met.

Mugo had earlier pleaded with the court for leniency, citing that he was supporting a family and his elderly parents.