A 33-year-old dismissed nursing trainee of the Nursing and Midwifery College Sekondi, in the Western region, Mr Francis Awine Anaafo has been slapped with a 22-month jail term for using forged documents to undergo national service as a qualified nurse at the Goaso Municipal Hospital.
Mr Anaafo was sentenced on Friday, 28 June 2019 by the Madina District Magistrate court following his conviction of a charge of defrauding by false pretence and impersonation.
Facts of The Case
On 21 February 2019 the medical superintendent of the municipal hospital in Goaso wrote to inform the council that Mr Francis Anaafo who was using the name Simon Yaw Woli was underperforming so he should be investigated.
Upon receipt of the letter, Mr Anaafo was invited to the council’s head office in Accra where he was made to present his certificate of registration, result slip and the national service log book. The council upon screening the document detected that Mr Anaafo fraudulently used the name of Mr Simon Yaw Woli who is a qualified nursing practitioner to obtain an extract-of-occurrence from the Ministry’s Police station to the fact that his certificate, result slip and log book were missing.
Mr Anaafo fraudulently acquired a duplicate copy of Mr Woli’s registered general nursing certificate with the extract and presented it to the national service secretariat to register for the 2018 national service.
Upon successful registration at the national service secretariat, Mr Anaafo was posted to the Goaso municipal hospital where he commenced his service in September 2018.