'Quack doctor'

12.09.2023 Featured NMA Rejects Organ-Harvesting ‘Quack Doctor’ But Health Ministry Recognises Him

Published 12th Sep, 2023

By Sodeeq Atanda

Murna Clinic and Maternity, a medical facility owned by ‘Doctor’ Noah Kereke, was duly recognised by the Federal Ministry of Health as a recommended facility, FIJ can confirm.

On September 8, @99 Oppressed, an X user, posted the story of Kehinde Busari, a resident of Plateau State, whose kidney was removed at Murna Clinic and Maternity in the Jos North area of Plateau by a fake medical doctor Kereke.

Busari had experienced a health challenge which affected her stomach when she consulted Kereke for a solution to her condition. Upon evaluation, Kereke told the woman that she had appendicitis. Subsequently, Kereke reportedly performed an appendectomy on Busari.

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Under the guise of performing an appendectomy, however, Kereke harvested one of Busari’s kidneys. As a result, Busari started experiencing a stomach upset which the pain relief medicines Kereke prescribed could not resolve.

Unable to bear the unceasing pain, Busari approached the University of Jos Teaching Hospital for a comprehensive understanding of the problem. After taking a scan, Busari found that her kidney was missing.

These revelations have attracted the attention of relevant authorities to investigate the story. The latest development in the case is a release by the state’s branch of the Nigerian Medical Association describing Kereke as a ‘quack doctor’.

NMA’s statement issued on Tuesday read in part, “This is to inform the general public and all concerned that Mr. Noah Kereke, who is currently being investigated over allegations of organ harvesting is not a medical doctor.

“Diligent investigations by the association has revealed that he is a quack pretending to be a doctor. Further information will be made available following conclusion of the investigative processes initiated by the NMA as well as the Nigeria Police respectively.

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“The association wishes to call on all members and citizens to remain calm as the association is on top of the issue, and is assisting the police to get to the root of the matter.”

FIJ’s findings showed that the Federal Ministry of Health listed Kereke’s healthcare centre on the Nigeria Health Facility Registry as a for-profit secondary health facility for Nigerians to patronise.

Murna Clinic and Maternity identified with a red arrow. Source: Federal Ministry of Health's website.
Murna Clinic and Maternity identified with a red arrow. Source: Federal Ministry of Health’s website.
The status of the clinic on the ministry's online registry.
The status of the clinic on the ministry’s online registry.

On the ministry’s website, the clinic has a facility code 31/05/1/1/2/0025, Facility UID 87236930 and started operation on August 7, 2009. It also operated throughout the week and 24 hours daily.

Kereke’s healthcare centre can be found on the map with Longitude: 8.90272 and Latitude: 9.91988, close to Baptist Church at Jos Jarawa Ward in Jos North Senatorial District.

We also found that the clinic had an active status with the ministry, described as “operational, registered and licensed” and it boasted of 34 health professionals on its profile.

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Responding to FIJ’s phone call on Tuesday, a lady who identified herself as Dinah Njah, an administrative secretary whose number appears on the NMA’s letterhead, said Kereke was not a member of NMA.

She directed us to speak with Bapi, a top officer of NMA in the state, but his phone number was not connecting at press time. He had not responded to our text message at press time.

Furthermore, the health facility was incorporated with the Corporate Affairs Commission on December 11, 2014 with registration number 1230756.

On its profile, Noah Ozavinoyi Kereke and Luka Noah were listed as directors while Noah Ozavinoyi Kereke, Luka Noah, Adikpe Emmanuel Edugbe, Victoria Noah and Noah Victoria were listed as shareholders at the healthcare facility.

Published 12th Sep, 2023

By Sodeeq Atanda


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