Ogun State Government Seals Up 10 Health Facilities for Violating the State Regulation
Ogun State Government has sealed up ten health facilities for violating the state regulation.
The facilities, include hospitals, diagnostic laboratories and alternative medicine centres.
Some of them were sealed up for operating without license, or failure to complete revalidation of their licenses, while others were operating beyond the regulation scope of practices.
Health Commissioner, Dr. Tomi Coker, announced this, during the operation carried out with other major stake holders in the state’s health sector, to rid the state of quack health centres and personnel.
Coker said the exercise was embarked upon, following several complaints about the activities of quack health workers, and the influx of quacks into the ado Odo Local Government Area.
A statement on Wednesday by Goke Gbadamosi, the Press Officer, Ogun State Ministry of Health, quoted Coker as saying that “some of the facilities we visited were opened by doctors and nurses who don’t oversee them”.
The Commissioner disclosed that the team visited diagnostic centres, laboratories and alternative medicine centres “operating outside their scope by administering intravenous drugs and IV fluids among other things”.
“We have apprehended them and handed them over to the police for prosecution,” she said.
Coker stressed that the Governor Dapo Abiodun government would no longer tolerate the activities of quacks, particularly those in border areas between Lagos and Ogun.
She added that the inspection of facilities would continue across the state.
“We are aware of the proliferation of quacks here and have declared zero tolerance for them,” she declared.
The Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, in Ogun State, Dr. Azim Ashimi, condemned the influx of quacks in the state, describing it as disheartening, adding that it had led to needless loss of innocent lives.
Ashimi said his association had resolved to deal with quacks in the health sector, while also collaborating with the state government to curb the practice.