Ogun state Government on Monday has closed down five health facilities in Ifo Local Government Area of the State, during their state monitoring in compliance with the re-validation/registration of private health facilities in Akute, the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye has announced that the Ipaye named them as Accurate Diagnostic Centre, The Mantle Clinic and Maternity Home, Bliss Medical Centre, Fibiani Medical Centre and Christian Maternity Home. The commissioner was represented by the Director, Department of Hospital Services in the ministry, Dr Solomon Sokunbi in company of executive members of National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Ogun chapter. He has warned that certified owners of private health facilities across the state to desist from engaging the services of unqualified nurses and other health workers. This is in order to safe guard the profession against quackery and reposition the sector for quality health care delivery, saying that the activities of unqualified health workers had caused a lot of havoc in the country. He has said that the state would not be a comfort zone for quack doctors, nurses and science laboratory operators to endanger the lives of people. He has urged members of the public to always patronize approved health facilities that had signboards with the new colour and code. “We have mandated officials of the ministry to arrest and prosecute anyone found operating any health facility with fake documents”, Ipaye added. Rosaline Solarin, Chairman of NANNM in the state, commended the government for taking steps to fight quackery in the health sector. She has contended that fake doctors and nurses were gradually taking over the profession and warned that anyone caught practicing without the requisite certificates would be shown the way out.

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