Ogun shuts four hospitals, two laboratories

Bankole Taiwo

The Ogun State Government has again sealed four hospitals and two medical laboratories for contravening the regulatory laws.

Some of the infractions range from lack of registration, employment of unqualified personnel, operation beyond the scope of registration, and negligence, among others.

The affected facilities include Ololade Clinic and Maternity Home, Iyana Ilogbo, Mercygate Hospital, Itele, Fehintola Clinic and Maternity Home, Ijako, Ayomide Outpatient Hospital, Itele, Diurnal Medical Laboratory, Itele, and Blizz Medical Laboratory, Abeokuta.

PUNCH Online reports that the state government put in place an enforcement special task force tagged “Operation Stingray”, sealing 10 private medical facilities in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area.

Briefing newsmen after the enforcement exercise on Wednesday, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker, reiterated that it was no longer business as usual for fake medical practitioners and those attempting to circumvent specified government regulations of medical practice in the state.

Coker said Governor Dapo Abiodun had resolved to sanitise medical practice in the state with the ultimate goal of safeguarding the lives of residents, adding that the proliferation of quacks could jeopardise the present government’s vision for the health sector.

The commissioner said, “As you all know, our administration has continued to prioritise the social well-being of residents through the strengthening of our health systems and provision of accessible and qualitative healthcare.

“Of course, we acknowledge the efforts of private health facilities. We share with them a strong desire for positive outcomes. However, they must operate within the terms of our regulations.

“All health care facilities in the state are required by the private hospitals and other health establishments registration law to register with the agency before commencing operations.

‘The existing ones are to renew their registration annually or else be sanctioned accordingly. Also, we will no longer tolerate those that are registered but choose to operate beyond the scope of their registration or employ personnel that are not qualified to practice.”

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