17 sent to judicial custody for illegal medical practice
Kathmandu, January 31
The Kathmandu District Court today remanded 17 suspects, including 13 foreigners, to seven-day judicial custody of the Central Investigation Bureau of Nepal Police for further investigation into charges that they were working as medical practitioners without obtaining permission from the authorities concerned.
CIB had raided five health facilities in Kathmandu on Monday leading to their arrest for working in an unauthorised manner without obtaining permission of and registering with Nepal Medical Council. Superintendent of Police Jeevan Shrestha, CIB spokesperson, said they were being investigated under fraud charges.
Nine suspects, including eight Chinese nationals, are from Thamel-based Apollo International Polyclinic and have been identified as Huang Shaowen, Zeng Shuhva, Pan Mei Song, Luo Liming, Cai Shutian, Jiang Hongwei, Li Lihong, Liu Jiqin and Mina Kumari Shrestha.
Similarly, two are from Lainchaur-based CIWEC Hospital and include Australian national Sarah Anne Kemp and Prativa Pandey; Chinese nationals Long Yuan and Long Guoyong, and Narayan Timilsina from Boudhha-based China Great Wall Health Centre; Chinese nationals Zou Jie and Wang Xinlou from Boudhha-based China People’s Hospital, and Chinese national Li Yongmei from Bouddha-based Chinese Dental Hospital.
Medical practitioners must be registered with the NMC to practice as a doctor in Nepal as per the laws. Police said any of them had not registered with the regulatory body and were working in collusion with various hospitals and health organisations to defraud service-seekers of millions of rupees by publishing and broadcasting misleading advertisements, CIB said.
- CIB arrests 17 ‘doctors’ working without NMC permit