The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has withdrawn the licences and certificates of registration of a fake nurse assistant and midwife from its register of practitioners.
The two culprits were identified as Stephany Arthur Baidoo and Abigail Bobin.
A trainee midwife, Esther Abuubey, has also had her name removed from the Council’s register of trainees.
The fake practitioners and trainee were apprehended by officers from the Intelligence and Disciplinary Department of the Council over impersonation and forged documents to gain admission into Nursing and Midwifery Training Institutions.
Mr. Felix Nyante, the NMC’s Registrar disclosed that Abigail Bobin and Esther Abuubey used certificates belonging to others to gain admission into the Nursing and Midwifery Training College, Kpembe in the Northern Region.
However, through some intelligence gathered and the assistance of the Principal of the Training College, the two were apprehended.
They were invited to the Council where they admitted in their written statements that they forged documents and used West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) result slips belonging to some persons to gain admission.
In the case of Ms. Stephany Arthur Baidoo, she used someone’s WASSCE certificate and obtained a fake birth certificate to gain admission at the Nyaniba Health College.
She was however apprehended when she presented documents for a change of name.
Also, she admitted in her written statement when invited by the Registrar to the Council of forging documents to gain admission.
The Registrar warned that the Council would not protect any student or practitioner with fake certificates.
He advised all prospective students to ensure that the results and documents they present for admission are genuine to avoid sanctions.
Furthermore, he appealed to Heads of Nursing & Midwifery Training Institutions and Health Facilities to assist the Council with information on suspected students and practitioners respectively to enable the Council to rid the system of quacks.
Mr. Nyante noted that several other suspected fake practitioners and students with issues of impersonation are currently being investigated and will make the outcome known to the public when investigations are concluded.