A 23-year old woman is currently out on bail related to fraud charges after she posed as a medical intern and fraudulently worked at various hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal.
According to a report in the Sunday Times, Nokwanda Ndlovu presented herself as a Wits University medical student that needed to finish up her clinical internship in order to obtain her medical degree. She allegedly told colleagues that she was an orphan and therefore had nowhere to stay. One hospital even allowed her to stay at their doctor’s quarters.
TheSouthAfrican.com reported that, between November 2017 and December 2019, Ndlovu was employed by several hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal where she wrote prescriptions and stitched up patients’ wounds – even though it was apparent to some nurses that she was unable to do most tasks required.
“All of us knew that something was just not right about her. She did not know how to stitch patients, she did not know the most basic medical processes like reading blood pressure, the difference between diastolic or systolic, what each of those mean – she had no idea.”
The provincial MEC for health Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu, confirmed that the department is currently conducting their own investigation and will comment on the matter as soon as they are able to do so.
According to the the Sunday Times report, Ndlovu is currently out on R1,000 bail and she is expected to appear in court again on 2 September 2020.
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