I first learnt of Anas Aremeyaw Anas and his amazing work as a Ghanian investigative journalist last year. His Tedtalk ‘How I named, shamed and jailed’ has plenty of stories that most people from West African can relate to.
Checking briefly to see if Anas Aremeyaw Anas has done any work in Nigeria as I knew too well that we have a lot more in common than joloff rice. In the clip below is Anas and his team exposing Nigeria fake doctors, as shocking as it seems, sadly it’s the reality for many people both in the city and rural areas.
Many people in rural Nigeria rely heavily on what we called ‘ Sokingbo’ ‘bush doctors’ A lot of these guys are trained nurses with lots of experience, some admittedly are lifesavers – they do their best and would do referrals to hospitals for health issues they don’t fully understand or unable to treat.
Also, as can be seen in the video here, some are just plain criminals whose primary aim was to dupe poor and uninformed patients – many of these guys work in our midst and go undetected for years.
At 13:43 – is Dr Sapele pouncing on the poor patient (undercover journalist) in the name of abdominal examination – the label Quack Doctors fits in perfectly.
It is a situation that I have heard too many times, people being diagnosed of malaria when the problem is something completely unrelated, many times it is too late before the patient and family realise they had falling into the hand of a quack doctor.
Three minutes from 10:00 to 13:43 sums it all up.
I hope Anas Aremeyaw Anas and his company goes from strength to strength – I believe dealing with social and moral issues in our society today can only be properly tackled with ordinary folks playing their part.