Lagos closes nine health facilities, advocates zero tolerance for quackery


An agency of the Lagos State Ministry of Health, the Health Facility Supervision and Accreditation Agency (HEFAMAA) closed nine health facilities for various offenses.

The agency’s executive secretary, Dr Abiola Idowu, revealed during an awareness-raising and advocacy campaign on the roles and responsibilities of the agency organized on the island of Lagos that six and three facilities had been closed. in October and November respectively.

The affected facilities, she said, were closed for various offenses, including quackery, lack of qualified medical personnel, non-registration of facilities and lack of basic equipment.

She said, however, that once the infractions were corrected, the sealed facilities will be reopened.

Idowu, who was represented at the event by the head of the surveillance department, Dr Olayinka Daniel, explained that the campaign aims to keep the public up to date on HEFAMAA’s responsibilities, programs and activities as well as zero tolerance. state government for charlatanism to protect the health, safety and well-being of citizens.

She added: “Through the awareness campaign, members of the public are also being made aware of the need to expose charlatans in the system who present themselves as professionals thereby protecting the health of Lagosians.”

She advised people to be cautious and refrain from frequenting health care providers whose establishments do not have the Agency’s logo and registration certificate, adding that they should report any establishment. health suspect to the Agency.

She also advised owners and operators of healthcare facilities to ensure that their registration with the Agency is completed and also to collect the official logo which should be displayed in a visible location on their premises where the public can easily see it.

While revealing that the Agency will begin franchising its surveillance activities in 2022 to improve the effectiveness of surveillance in the state health system, Idowu said, “The Agency will not relax its efforts to s ” ensure that health facilities operate within the framework of the law in Lagos State.

Some members of the public who spoke to the team thanked State Governor Mr. Babajide Sanwoolu and the Agency for the outreach initiative by pledging that they would continue to support the Agency in its fight against quackery and unprofessional behavior in the state health system.

The campaign, according to the executive secretary, took place in Badagry, Ikorodu and Epe divisions and will soon move to Ikeja division as well.

The campaign team visited community leaders including chairpersons of community development committees, local government in Lagos Island and East Lagos Island, primary health care centers as well as than general hospitals on the island of Lagos, among other public places.


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