BOGUS: Pokano Gaethuse

He was a welder not a gynaecologist court hears

A man who falsely claimed to be a gynaecologist and intimately ‘examined’ three teenage women was in court last week charged with indecent assault.

34-year-old Pokano Gaethuse faces a further charge of impersonating a person in the public service after posing as a doctor in the gynaecology department of Letsholathebe II Memorial Hospital in Maun. He in fact works at the hospital as a welder.

Pokano Gaethse is said to have so impressed his girlfriend with his boast that he was a practising gynaecologist at Letsholathebe II Memorial Hospital, that she referred three of her friends to him for treatment.

The friends who had vaginal problems wanted a pap smear to be done, and he happily obliged even though he had no experience in the field.

Relating the story a source at the hospital that spoke on condition of anonymity revealed that Gaethse asked the young women to come straight to his office at the weekend.

He said that they should not bother registering or following the required procedure of weight and temperature takings.

The source said that he asked them to come over at the weekend because he knew that he was going to be alone since the regular doctors only work on weekdays in the gynaecology department.

At the hospital he is said to have undressed them and used a corrosive substance, which is not meant for the vagina, to clean them.

“They were very lucky because the substance is normally used as an industrial cleaner and is very dangerous.

It could have permanently damaged the girls’ private parts since when mixed with liquid it acts in the same way as super glue.”

As it was the treatment caused severe irritation and forced the girls to go back to the hospital where a real doctor consulted them.

The doctor is said to become suspicious over the way they had been treated and upon further investigation discovered that the person who had examined them was in fact Gaethuse.

The women believed that he was a gynaecologist because he was wearing a hospital coat.

Colleagues at the hospital where Gaethuse works as a welder, described him as ‘non corporative’ and someone who did not like taking orders.

“He is quiet and a bit of a loner, and can be rude at times. He is someone who likes to have his own way and maybe there is more to what he did than has been reported,” said one of his workmates who asked not to be named.

Meanwhile Hospital Superitandant at Letsholathebe, Dr Maxwell Mungisi described the incident as bad for their image.

“The accused person is tasked with fixing our equipment and he took patients to their office. I would like to advise patients to make sure that they get consulted at the Out Patients Department or Accident and Emergency Unit as per our procedure,” he added.

He declined to say more because the case was already before the court and could jeopardise the evidence. He however revealed that that they were in process of making sure all staff display nametags with duty titles.

Gaethuse will return to court for mention on 20 December.

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