By; Niyi Ogungbola, Abeokuta.
The Ogun State government has warn certified owners of Private health facilities across the State to desist from engaging the services of unqualified Nurses and other health workers in order to safe guard the profession against quackery and reposition the sector for quality health care delivery.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye who made this known while monitoring the level of compliance with the re-validation/registration of private health facilities at Akute in Ifo Local Government Area, said the activities of unqualified health workers had caused a lot of havoc in the country.
The Commissioner who was represented by the Director, Department of Hospital Services in the Ministry, Dr. Solomon Sokunbi in company of executive members of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Ogun State Chapter, said the State would not be a comfort zone for quack Doctors, Nurses and Science Laboratory Operators who have endangered the lives of innocent Nigerians.
While urging members of the public to always patronise approved health facilities that have signboards with the new colour and coded number, Dr. Ipaye said government has mandated officials of the Ministry to arrest and prosecute anyone found operating facilities with fake documents.
In her remarks, the Chairman, National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, Ogun State Chapter, Comrade Roseline Solarin, Commended the State government for taken bold steps in fighting quackery in the health sector, saying that fake doctors and nurses are gradually taking over the profession, warning that anyone caught practicing without the prerequisite certificate would be shown the way out of the system.
Seven facilities short down during the monitoring exercise included, Accurate Diagnostic Centre, The Mantle Clinic and Maternity Home, Bliss Medical Centre, Fibiani Medical Centre, Christian Maternity Home among others.