A 34-year-old trader who posed as a medical doctor and was attending to patients at the Surgical and Emergency Unit of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital has been arrested by the police.
Jacob Nii Laryea was reportedly busted by doctors while he was wearing a white doctor’s apron, with a stethoscope around his neck and attending to patients.
Doctors on duty at the hospital told the police that that was the third time they had spotted the suspect posing as a doctor and attending to patients at the unit.
Luck eluded him when two of the doctors spotted him and questioned him, leading to his arrest on Wednesday, August 17, 2016.
He is currently in the custody of the Dansoman Divisional Police Command assisting in investigation.
Confirming the arrest to DAILY GUIDE, ACP Antwi Tabi, Dansoman Divisional Commander, said on August 17, 2016, Dr Mona Torto and Dr Theophilus Addo – both staff of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital – assisted by Evans Wampah and Ahmed Acquah, also staff of the hospital’s security department, arrested Jacob Nii Laryea and brought him to the station. They asserted that on August 12, 2016 at about 9am,
The following day, the suspect was seen again still in possession of the stethoscope talking with a patient on admission.
Laryea, who claimed to be a medical officer, could not answer simple questions put to him by the two doctors and therefore they became suspicious of him.
On August 17, 2016, he emerged at the same premises and was asked to identify his department or unit but he could not tell doctors on duty his department.
When he was further asked to produce his identity card, Nii Laryea could not do that and attempted to run away.
He was given a hot chase by the security men on duty and arrested him at a distance.
He was later handed over to the Korle-Bu police for further interrogations.
He had provisionally been charged with defrauding by false pretence and would be arraigned before court.