|Dr. Bai Bai Ahmed Kabia|
A Sierra Leone medical doctor trained in the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) and working in United Kingdom's National Health System (NHS), Dr. Mohamed Koker earlier today contacted the Segbwema Blog today with clarifications on the saga of Dr. Bai Bai Ahmed Kabia.
Dr. Bai Bai Ahmed Kabia is the Soviet trained Sierra Leone national jailed in UK for 15 months on charges of writing over 1000 fraudulent applications to UK's NHS, with the hope of securing a job as a medical doctor.
According to Dr. Koker, he too is a medical graduate from the former USSR who has been working as a medical doctor in UK's National Health System for the past 12 years. He states that there were also many Soviet trained Sierra Leone doctors working in the United Kingdom.
As foreign doctors, Dr. Koker explained that they are expected to take and pass the UK Professional and Linguistic Assessment Board Tests (PLAB) in order for them to work as medical doctors in the NHS. Many Sierra Leone USSR medical graduates took these exams, passed and are employed as doctors in UK.
He states that when he heard the story about Dr. Bai Bai Ahmed Kabia, he contacted his Sierra Leone medical colleagues, many of whom had not even heard about Dr. Kabia in the Sierra Leone UK medical community.
Dr. Koker states that he hopes that Dr. Kabia upon release will not be able to practice in Sierra Leone, given his fraudulent history. He stated "Our people can cope with poorly equipped Hospitals, but surely not with fake doctors.
Many of the Sierra Leone medical community in the UK who are USSR graduates want the world to know the Dr. Bai Bai Kabia is a bad apple among many Soviet graduates who are doing exemplary work in UK, Sierra Leone and across the world.