Zimbabwean police arrested four US health workers, a New Zealander and Zimbabwean on September 10, suspected of practising in an unregistered clinic and dispensing HIV/AIDS medicines without a license.
After hearing on Monday, a Harare magistrate granted US 200 dollars bail to six health workers, included a New Zealand national and a Zimbabwean and ordered to reappear in court on Sept. 27. They could face a fine and deportation if convicted. The court ordered them to surrender their passports and live at Mother of Peace Orphanage outside Harare until their trial.
The six accused are Gloria Cox Crowell (48), Reid Andrew John Cheyne (49), Anthony Eugene Jones (39), Gregory Reynard Miller (64), David Greenberg (62) and Tembinkosi Ncomanzi (37) a local doctor at Marondera general hospital.
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a Christian volunteer health service of the Allen Temple AIDS Ministry based in Oakland, CA. A minister from the church, Teophous Reagans, told that volunteers from the congregation have been working in Zimbabwe for more than a decade and that this is the first time licensing questions have been raised.
According to Zimbabwe law – foreign-registered medical personnel should obtain a certificate to practice medicine in Zimbabwe from the local medical association.