Kumasi, September 4, 2023 – In a shocking incident at the renowned Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, a 26-year-old man named William Cyril Cohen was apprehended on Monday, September 4, 2023, for impersonating a medical practitioner.
Cohen, who had been conspicuously lurking around the hospital premises, allegedly masqueraded as a qualified doctor of medicine. His purported activities included admitting patients and administering medications without any legitimate credentials.
The arrest took place when Cohen was attending to a patient in the emergency ward. A senior medical officer ( the Director ) noticed his suspicious behavior and approached him, causing the imposter to become visibly nervous and attempt to flee. Hospital security swiftly intervened and apprehended him.
A video of the incident has since gone viral on social media, depicting Cohen wearing a hospital ward uniform while being detained by hospital security personnel, who later handed him over to the local authorities.
The Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital is collaborating with the police to conduct a thorough investigation into this disturbing incident.
In response to this alarming event, some patients at the hospital voiced their concerns, with one stating, “You’re the ones who administer fake drugs to us,” and another referring to Cohen as an “azaa man” and a “scammer boy.” The hospital’s management promptly took action, with the director engaging with Cohen to ascertain his identity and motives.
Speaking on the matter, the hospital’s Public Relations Officer (PRO) emphasized the institution’s commitment to safeguarding its integrity. The PRO explained that stringent security measures are in place to prevent unauthorized individuals from infiltrating the hospital. Medical practitioners, including students, operate in teams with their respective lecturers, and access to sensitive areas requires team-based authentication, making it exceptionally challenging for impostors to penetrate the system.
This incident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of maintaining the integrity and security of healthcare facilities, ensuring that only qualified professionals provide medical care to patients.
The investigation into William Cyril Cohen’s actions continues, with authorities determined to uncover the extent of his activities and hold him accountable for his actions.