Cites lack of qualified personnel and licences as some of the reasons behind the closures

The Lagos State Government, on Monday, announced that it has shut down 15 illegal health facilities for not satisfying requirements.

A statement from the Ministry of Health, signed by its public relations officer, Jide Lawal, disclosed that the facilities were shut down for offences ranging from operating without licences, having unhygienic environments, being set up in living quarters, to engaging in quack practice and unofficial training of auxiliary nurses.

The enforcement exercise was carried out by the State Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency (HEFAMAA), watchdog for the health ministry.

The statement assured that the reform, aimed at ridding the state of unregistered health facilities, was in line with the state?s Health Sector Reform Law of 2006.

The affected facilities include: St. Daniel Hospital, 17, Igbeyin Adun Street; Makoko and Oluwaseun King Maternity Centre, 24, Ogo-Oluwa Street, Bariga; Oluwadimimu Maternity Home at 3, Alhaji Davies Street, Surulere; UDYP Christian Hospital, 62, Sanya Street, Surulere; and Kaff-Salam Maternity Home, 8, Onabola Street Bariga.

Other facilities axed by the state government are: Gbayi Clinic and Maternity Home, 57, Akinola Street, Bariga; Iya Deborah Maternity Hospital, Eleshin Ikorodu; Mount Zion Maternity Centre, 3B, James Daniel Street, off Low Cost Housing Estate, Sabo Ikorodu; Above Medical Centre, 121, Abaranje Road, Ikotun-Alimosho; and the Saint Medical Diagnostics Centre, 235, Idimu-Ikotun Road, Alimosho, Lagos.

?Government is determined to put a halt to these ugly trends of having unqualified personnel work in health facilities, be it private or public,? Jide Idris, Health Commissioner, was quoted as saying.

Idris also described the manner of training given to auxiliary assistants by some health facilities as bringing ?disrepute to the profession?, in addition to endangering innocent lives, ?some of who unknowingly patronise such facilities.?

Concerning the facilities that had just been shut down, Idris noted that they would remain closed till they satisfy the requirements for the registration of health centres.

Idris identified some of the mandatory requirements for setting up health facilities as due registration, qualified health personnel, and annual accreditation of professionals engaged by the facilities.

A facility seeking to be registered in the state will need to provide the current practicing licence along with the credentials of health personnel engaged by such facility.

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