Facebook posts out nurse aide who posed as doctor

Danisa Masuku 

A Bulawayo-based nurse aide has been arrested after she broke into a restricted area at her workplace and took pictures of herself in a white dust coat, which she posted on Facebook, masquerading as a medical doctor.

Holding a syringe in one hand, Ruvarashe Gumbochena boldly but untruthfully declared she was a qualified doctor.

Later, she admitted she posted the picture to gain fame and followers on Facebook.

She ran out of luck after her former boss at Kes laboratory Edward Muringani decided to view his subordinate’s social media pages.

Muringani got the shock of his life after he stumbled on Gumbochena’s pictures on the popular social media site. 

“One day when I was perusing on Facebook checking my employee’s social media, at the time Ruvarashe was our full time employee, I got surprised after I stumbled on her post posing as a doctor and in one of the posts she stated that she was a medical doctor. However, she was employed as a nurse aide and she is a holder of an Ordinary Level certificate,” said Muringani in his statement to police.

He added: “From her Facebook account I realised that she posted some of her photos while she was in the laboratory area which is a restricted area and was not allowed to enter and her duties do not allow her to do so. By doing so she acted against the Health Professions Act.”

However, Ruvarashe denied the accusation.

“I do not agree with the above stated crime. I acted out of knowledge and Facebook is a social platform. I posted for the love of being famous on social media. It was just for fun (sic),” she said in her warned and cautioned statement.

She is set to appear in court soon. She is being charged with contravening Section 121 of the Health Professions Act Chapter 27.19 which criminalises unregistered persons practising as or representing themselves to be medical practitioners.

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