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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Dodgy Doctor Series: Disability boss admits he is neither a doctor nor a surgeon

David ole Sanko, chairman of the National Council of People with Disabilities, gives remarks on the draft bill on persons with disabilities. /FILE
David ole Sanko, chairman of the National Council of People with Disabilities, gives remarks on the draft bill on persons with disabilities. /FILE

David ole Sankok, the chair of the National Council of People with Disabilities, is not a medical doctor as he has been claiming all along. He has never studied Medicine and Surgery at the University of Nairobi.

‘Dr’ Sankok does not hold a doctorate in any academic studies and therefore does not qualify to use the title. He never graduated from a registered medical school in Kenya or abroad and has never registered with the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Board.

Admitted to the college of Health Sciences at the University of Nairobi in 1999, Ole Sankok never completed his nursing degree as he was expelled the following year when he and other University of Nairobi Students Union leaders were expelled for leading protests against the introduction of the parallel degree programme. He left for Norway where he pursued a Diploma in Research studies.

Ole Sankok claims he returned home in 2003, rejoined the University of Nairobi and completed his nursing degree in 2005. Scrutiny of the Nurses Council retention register does not indicate that he was registered.

David Sankok's business card which refers to him as UoN school of medicine graduate. /COURTESY

Last year, the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union Secretary-General Ouma Olga called out Ole Sankok’s for misrepresenting himself as a doctor and misleading members of the disabled community. Accusing Ole Sankok of disgusting “quackism”, Oluga asked the University of Nairobi and the board to correct the situation.

Yesterday, Ole Sankok confirmed he had been running a clinic and attending to patients for about three years just before "retiring" into a "more administrative role” as the Chair of the National Council of Persons with Disabilities.

In his defence, he argues that he was part of a team of other doctors, a group practice serving different specialities and his role still remains unclear.

David Ole Sankok remains Chair of the National Council of People of Disabilities, one year after he was called out for misrepresenting himself as a doctor.

Thus far, the Kenya Medical Practitioner’s Board, the National Council of People With Disabilities or the Ministry of Health has taken no action.

If you want to find out if your doctor is registered, check http://health.the-star.co.ke

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