Otjiwarongo doctor asked to take leave amid allegations of substance abuse

10 Mar 2018 13:10pm
OTJIWARONGO, 10 MAR (NAMPA) - A medical doctor at the Otjiwarongo State Hospital has been forced to take leave after a video, allegedly of him driving erratically on the B1 road, circulated on social media.
Acting Otjozondjupa Region Health Director, Frieda Stefanus in a telephonic interview with Nampa on Saturday confirmed issuing a letter to Doctor Yevai Chiradza asking him to take leave for an unspecified period.
Chiradza, who has worked at the hospital for more than five years, stands accused of driving his private vehicle on the B1 road on Thursday while under the influence of unknown substances.
In the video taken with a cellphone, a Mercedes Benz is seen swerving dangerously into oncoming traffic on the road between Otjiwarongo and Okahandja, driving in the wrong lane and at one point even forcing an oncoming truck off the road.
The car is also seen leaving the road.
“In reference to the video on social media and your previous incidences concerning substance abuse, this office on a directive from the Permanent Secretary is requesting you to take vacation leave for an unspecified period until further notice,” reads the letter, signed by Stefanus at Otjiwarongo on Friday.
The same letter also prohibits the doctor from entering any health facility of the ministry; attending to patients or performing any related health duties.
Chiradza has not been arrested as a breathalyser test done by the police turned out negative.
The Namibian Police Force’s Otjozondjupa traffic sub-divisional head, Inspector Joseph Severus told this news agency on Saturday his office is busy obtaining statements from witnesses in order to formulate a charge against the doctor.