Angolan refugee circumcising men illegally

29 May 2013 10:40
By Paulus Shiku
AUSSENKEHR, 29 MAY (NAMPA) - An Angolan refugee from the Osire refugee camp was arrested by the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) at Aussenkehr in the Karas Region on Tuesday, allegedly for circumcising men without an appropriate medical licence.
NamPol?s Crime Investigations? Coordinator in the Karas Region, Deputy Commissioner Rudolf Isaak told Nampa on Wednesday that the police acted upon information from members of the public to arrest a 60-year-old man, whose name is being withheld pending his first appearance in court on Thursday.
The suspect claimed to be a medical doctor, but could neither provide proof of his qualifications nor a medical license when asked to furnish such.
Apart from circumcising men and curing haemorrhoids, where clients paid between N.dollars 150 and N.dollars 300, he also extracted teeth at a charge of N.dollars 30.
A list of the refugee?s clients, obtained from Isaak, shows that 19 people had received services from the ?doctor?, and paid for such services.
Isaak said the man was on a visiting permit to Aussenkehr, where he started his ?illegal health practice? in a traditional hut.
?He claims to be a doctor, but could not show us his licence, so we regard his practice as illegal. I want to warn the nation to be careful where they get treatment from.
They must make sure that such a person is a qualified and registered health practitioner. They should not just get treated by anybody,? he warned.
The police said no deaths have luckily been reported among the people who were treated by Eduardo, but they are still investigating the ?doctor? to establish what type of medicine he was using to treat wounds, especially after circumcision.
The Angolan refugee will make his first appearance in the Karasburg District Court on Thursday.
Aussenkehr is situated some 24 kilometres north-west of the Noordoewer settlement along the Orange River in the south of the country.
In contrast, the Osire refugee camp is in north-western Namibia, over 1000 kilometres from where the suspect was arrested.