Harare-based medical doctor, Michael Mandaza has been arrested for conducting fake medical tests at his private surgery at Pacific 24hr Hospital, located at Kamunhu Shopping Centre in the Mabvuku suburb.
The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) raided his offices and also ransacked his home in Zimre Park and confiscated cash. ZACC said in a statement following the raid on Monday:
Mandaza conducted fake laboratory tests to patients at his hospital, charging them US$60 per test when in fact, he does not own any laboratory and instead, was generating fake laboratory reports.
Investigators from ZACC discovered a date stamp for the alleged fake laboratory, medical records of patients subjected to the fake tests, laptops and other digital devices used to generate the fake laboratory reports at the hospital.
Further searches at Dr. Mandaza’s residence in Zimre Park also resulted in the confiscation of USD$15,000 and R2,000.
Several medical practitioners have in the recent past been found guilty of unethical conduct while scores have also been arrested for masquerading as medical practitioners when they are actually not.
Some have been operating surgeries without proper requirements, treating patients without proper training thereby putting the lives of members of the public at risk.