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Racketeers Turning Nigerian Hospitals Into 'Market For Fake Documents'

Churning Naira in Nigerian hospitals. Image via RFI

BY WILLIAM NIBA
Nigeria's Premium Times says an illegal medical certificate business is thriving at medical institutions across the country.

According to the publication, the back-door racket has become so routine that members of the networks provide quick-time services at rates set depending on the pocket power of their clients and the urgency with which they needed the documents.

Big time business

A medical certificate of fitness, a key requirement of the National Youth Service Corps, costs 7,000 naira; a certificate of fitness for employment, N10,000 while a report certifying fitness for international travel could go as high as N20,000, writes Oladeinde Olawoyin, author of the Premium Times investigative report.

Olawoyin, who posed as an out service patient, gave this account of an exchange he had with a lady at Orile-Agege General Hospital, off the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway.

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