The Lagos State Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency, HEFAMAA says it shut down 20 health facilities for non-compliance with regulatory standards in January.
A Statement signed by the Director of Public Affairs in the Ministry of Health, Mr Tunbosun Ogunbanwo, credited the information to the Executive Secretary of HEFAMAA, Dr. Abiola Idowu who emphasised the State Government’s committment to sustain the fight against the engagement of unqualified personnel in health facilities and its determination to continue to insist on suitable environment for the dispensation of medical care in the State
Dr. Idowu warned that the Lagos State Government would not tolerate any form of illegal health practices as health security is an integral part of public security which is the primary duty of the government.
On the activities of the Agency last year, Dr Idowu revealed that 309 facilities were shut down in 2019 for lack of compliance to stipulated standards and explained that some of them had been reopened because they corrected the infractions and promised to abide by set standards.
Dr Idowu encouraged owners of new health facilities to register with the Agency through its before commencing medical practice and advised existing registered operators to ensure prompt renewal of their certificates
She called on members of the public to continue to support and cooperate with the State government in its fight against quackery and illegal operation of facilities by reporting those behind such acts to relevant government agencies to safeguard the health and well-being of the citizenry.
‘’I adivise Lagosians to be cautious and desist from patronizing uncertified service providers and if you suspect a foul play or notice illegal operations in your community, do not hesitate to contact HEFAMAA for prompt action,’’ she stated. The State Government is responsible and responsive and will not shy away in its efforts to ensure the health and wellbeing of the people,” She said.