Bogus doctor at Perpaduan Stadium PPV did not administer Covid-19 vaccines

By Emma Victoria

THE bogus doctor who ‘volunteered’ at the Perpaduan Indoor Stadium Covid-19 vaccination centre (PPV) between June 16 and July 1 did not administer Covid-19 vaccines to the public.

Sarawak Health Director Datuk Dr Mohamed Sapian Mohamed said the 20-year-old man was not assigned for any duty as he was never listed on the official duty schedule set for all Health Ministry staff and volunteers at the PPV.

In fact, every station chief in the PPV will ensure all staff complete a check-in and check-out each time they are on duty. All vaccinators on duty are also required to present their Annual Practising Certificate (APC) before being allowed to administer the vaccine.

He said the department has enhanced security and management at the PPV and issued staff passes with serial numbers to all medical personnel on duty there to prevent any recurrence.

“The (doctors) on duty should be able to present their APC at any time and their names have been submitted to the police officers stationed there,” he said in a statement.

Dr Mohamed Sapian said internal investigations disclosed that the man admitted he was impersonating a doctor and went to the PPV once in a while since June 16.

“He introduced himself as “Dr Shah Hairil” and claimed to be a graduate medical officer of the Sarawak General Hospital to other staff and volunteers at the PPV,” he said.

The man, from Bandar Baru Semariang was nabbed on July 1 after a volunteer working at the centre alerted the hospital management.

On July 6, he pleaded guilty to impersonating a doctor, which is a criminal offence under Section 170 of the Penal Code.

Magistrate Zubaidah Sharkawi fixed Aug 18 for the submission of his social report before the passing sentence.

Apart from that, he also had a history of impersonating a doctor and entered the Sarawak General Hospital 32 times with a fake staff pass.

Dr Mohamed Sapian said investigations on the incident at SGH were still ongoing and he has since tightened security at all entrances to the hospital.

There will also be regular inspections of all department staff passes, temporary passes and those for authorised contractors in all wards, including the hospital offices and other areas.