On 23/Aug/2019 / In Medical News
The Benue State Government, on Wednesday, said that it had shut down three illegal health facilities operated by alleged quack doctors in different locations of the state. It also threatened to go after health facilities operators operating without medical licences or expired medical licences.
The Director of Medical Services, Benue State Ministry of Health, Dr. Ijir Francis, revealed this during a town hall meeting of the Nigerian Medical Association’s National Executive Committee meeting, held in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.
He said that the affected health facilities were located in Aliade in Gwer Local Government Area, Adi Etulo in Buruku Local Government Area and Oweto in Agatu LGA of the State respectively.
Dr. Ijir lamented that lack of proper law had hampered the state’s effort in fighting medical quackery in the state. “We find it difficult to clamp down on illegal health facilities operators and permanently seal off such facilities because of the absence of a defined law to seal such property.”
While stressing on the theme of discourse entitled, “Winning the war on medical quacks: the way forward,” the director who also spoke on behalf of the state’s Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria appealed to relevant authorities to enact a law that would enforce the sealing of illegal health facilities.
“We don’t have the enabling law to seal the places we closed down and that’s a major challenge. There is no clear defined law that empowers the state to actually seal off illegal health facilities in the state. We’re not mandated to do so.
“There should be a law to mandate us to seal a facility that is operating illegally. Therefore, we are advocating for enabling law that would help the state have legal backing to regulate and acquire seal to close down health facilities operators operating illegally in the state. Most of these health facilities are not registered and not licenced to operate,” Francis added.
In his comment, the national president of the Nigeria Medical Association, Professor Francis Adebayo Faduyile, called for synergy among stakeholders in the sector.
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