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Lagos govt shuts down 42 health facilities

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By Akintola Timothy

Non-compliance to the regulatory standards, reason for shut down.

The healthcare sector is one of the most important sectors in every society and thus, the need for efficient and well-equipped facilities that can ensure the sustainability of lives of the citizens. With Nigeria’s health sector being immensely ravaged by quack doctors and facilities, as well as the sector’s underdevelopment that have catalyzed the death of so many Nigerians, there has been immense advocate for the country’s Ministry of Health to ensure more reliable and efficient health facilities across the country.

In light of this health sector discrepancy, the Lagos State Government via the Health Facilities Monitoring and Accreditation Agency has in nine months, shut down 42 health facilities in the state. Abiola Idowu, the Executive Secretary of Health Facilities Monitoring and Accreditation Agency gave this update on Tuesday in Ikeja, as at the period of reviewing the activities of the agency in the last nine months. Mrs. Idowu noted that the agency, having visited over 1040 health facilities from January to September.

The agency ensured inspection of all healthcare facilities in the state.

It was further disclosed by the agency in the press release that the monitoring officers, during the monitoring and inspection of the health facilities focused on important areas like qualification of personnel, the operating processes of the facilities, environment, as well as equipment standards. The Executive Secretary stated that the agency was working towards ensuring the regularity of inspecting every healthcare facility across the state at least twice on a yearly basis, as stipulated by the law.

She stated that these health facilities were sealed as a result of their non-compliance with the sector’s regulatory standards such as the non-registration of their facilities and lack of qualified medical personnel. Mrs. Idowu claimed that these facilities were also guilty of indulging in illegal training of supplementary nurses within these facilities. She also said over 170 facilities in the state was also inspected for registration and 157 facilities issued closure notices, all within the same period.

Operators urged to carry out their operations in line with the law.

Mrs. Idowu again averred that the agency was authorized by the Health Sector Reform Law of 2006, so as to license some of its activities. Additionally, she explained that it was from the Section 49 (5) of the law that the approval of the agency’s authority to select franchise companies to keep an eye on was sourced, as well as ensuring their compliance with all the laws stipulated by the health sector in the state.

She however sent a note of advice to stakeholders of health facilities to get up to date with the laws guiding the health sector, as well as carrying out their operations in accordance with it, to protect the health of all the citizens in the state. She also noted that the Lagos State government was so invested in its commitment to sustaining the struggle towards curbing quackery and unprofessional conduct that has ravaged the health sector in the state.

Operators were also urged to ensure registration before starting operation.

Also, the Executive Secretary implored the health facility operators to ensure the appropriate registration with the agency via its website before kick starting their operations, noting that this would guarantee proper operations of these facilities within the state. She also gave a note of advice to every existing registered operator to make sure that they renew their certificates promptly, in accordance with the health sector stipulation, so as to avoid being sanctioned by the agency.


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jdpumping
jdpumping
1 year ago

Kudos to Lagos State government but more needs to be done because the health sector is an important part of the nation and health facilities are so many that are not well standardized so many more will be closed because health is wealtha

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
1 year ago

Healthcare is one of the most important parts of any society. Because of this, it’s important to have facilities that are efficient and well-equipped so that people can live long and healthy lives.

Bola12
Bola12
1 year ago

The lack of registration or other adherence to industry norms led to the closure of these healthcare establishments.

Abusi
Abusi
1 year ago

We can’t keep on having health facilities that are not up to par. There should be a regular standard for everybody and that is why the Lagos state government is closing down anyone that doesn’t meet the required medical and healthy equipped facility standard

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
1 year ago

Considering the important of quality healthcare facilities in our society, this is a well-done action from the Lagos government. There should be a well structured standard set for healthcare facilities to monitor and ensure that people have access to quality healthcare at there disposal.

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
1 year ago

This is a good action taking by the Lagos government any health care that does not follow the rule and regulations or did not follow normal procedure should be close we are talk about life any thing life can be in danger

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
1 year ago

There should be a regular standard for everybody and that is why the Lagos state government is closing down anyone that doesn’t meet the required medical and healthy equipped facility standard.

DimOla
DimOla
1 year ago

Out there, there are so many substandard health care facilities centers which which put a lot of lives in danger. Some of this health care facilities were approved by the government. Government need to intensify their effort in combating all this fake facilities to safe lives.

SarahDiv
SarahDiv
1 year ago

So many people have been killed by these fake and substandard health care facilities. Government need to do more by searching out all this noncompliant healthcare facilities and shut them down for the safety of everyone.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
1 year ago

The healthcare industry is consistently ranked as one of the most essential industries in every society; as a result, there is a pressing requirement for facilities that are both effective and well-equipped in order to guarantee the inhabitants’ ability to lead healthy, productive lives.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
1 year ago

In light of the fact that Nigeria’s health industry is being severely undermined by quack doctors and facilities, in addition to the sector’s underdevelopment, which has been a contributing factor in the passing of a significant number of Nigerians,

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
1 year ago

There has been a significant amount of support for the Ministry of Health of the country to implement more dependable and effective health care facilities all throughout the country; yet, the government is not doing anything to facilitate this.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
1 year ago

It’s encouraging to see the agency working to fulfill its legal obligation to conduct at least two annual inspections of every healthcare facility in the state.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
1 year ago

In order to avoid being sanctioned by the agency, it is imperative for every existing registered operator to take the necessary precautions to ensure that they immediately renew their certificates in compliance with the health sector stipulation.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
1 year ago

Before beginning operations, healthcare facility owners and managers should register their facilities with the agency through the official website to ensure compliance with state regulations.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
1 year ago

The provision of medical care is among the most vital aspects of any community. As a result of this, it is essential to have facilities that are effective and well-equipped in order to ensure that people have the opportunity to live long and healthy lives.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
1 year ago

quality healthcare facilities in our society is very important. Any healthcare operating without quality or good standard should be ban instead of putting people’s life in danger

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
1 year ago

Lot of monitoring process still need to be done on the healthcare facilities across the state and Nigeria at large because many quack were taking advantage of the irresponsible act of the people incharge to monitor as avenue for them to indulge in unhealthy acts.

theApr
theApr
1 year ago

Health facilities are very crucial as they deal with health of individuals. So non-compliance with the sector’s regulatory standards such as the non-registration of their facilities and lack of qualified medical personnels should not be tolerated.

Remi1
Remi1
1 year ago

One of the most important components of every community is the availability of medical care. In order to ensure that individuals have the chance to live long and healthy lives, it is crucial to have facilities that are efficient and well-equipped. As such, compliance level to Health standards should be adhered to