The Lagos Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency (HEFAMAA) has shut down 15 illegal health facilities in the state, a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday said.
The statement, which was signed by Mr Jide Lawal, the Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Health, noted that the health facilities were shut down for various offences.
It added that the agency’s action was in line with the state’s Health Sector Reform Law of 2006. The reform, it said was aimed at ridding the state of the menace of fake and unregistered health facilities.
The statement quoted the Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, as saying that the offences committed by the affected health facilities include quack practice, unofficial training of auxiliary nurses, the existence of living rooms in the facilities and lack of qualified personnel and unhygienic environment.
According to the commissioner, the affected health facilities are — Kaff-Salam Maternity Home at No. 8, Onabola Street Bariga, Gbayi Clinic and Maternity Home at No. 57, Akinola Street, Bariga, Iya Deborah Maternity Hospital, Eleshin Ikorodu.
Others are St. Daniel Hospital at No. 17, Igbeyin Adun Street, Makoko and Oluwaseun King Maternity Centre at No 24, Ogo-Oluwa Street, Bariga.
Also shut are the Oluwadimimu Maternity Home at No 3, Alhaji Davies Street, Surulere, UDYP Christian Hospital at No 62, Sanya Street, Aguda, Surulere.
The remaining facilities are Mount Zion Maternity Centre at No 3B, James Daniel Street, off Low Cost Housing Estate, Sabo Ikorodu, Above Medical Centre at No 121, Abaranje Road, Ikotun-Alimosho and the Saint Medical Diagnostics Centre at No 235, Idimu-Ikotun Road, Alake Bus Stop, Alimosho, Lagos.
The commissioner condemned the way health care providers trained auxiliary assistants in their clinics, saying “this has not only brought disrepute to the profession, but endangered innocent peoples’ lives, who unknowingly patronise such facilities.
“Government is determined to put a halt to these ugly trends of having unqualified personnel work in health facilities, be it private or public.’’
He stressed the need for operators of health facilities in Lagos to ensure that such facilities are duly registered and manned by qualified health personnel, as well as ensure the annual accreditation of all professionals working in their facilities.
He noted that the shut health facilities would remain close until they meet the mandatory requirement for the registration of the health centres. (NAN)