No fewer than 26 unlicensed private hospitals have been shut down in Ogun State, following their alleged refusal to register or re-validate their facilities in accordance with the Private Hospitals and other Health Establishments Registration Edict of 1988.
The permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Nafiu Aigoro, who led the Monitoring Team of the Department of Hospital Services, ordered the closure of an additional six hospitals in Odeda and Abeokuta South, saying that the measures were taken in the interest of the people.
Dr. Aigoro, who was represented by Dr. Solomon Shokunbi, said record had shown that maternal mortality were on the increase in the State following the activities of quackery in the health sector, adding that out over a thousand private hospitals that renders health care services in the State, more than half of them were yet to register or re-validate their facilities.
He said the enforcement was not targeted at a particular set of people or facilitates, but to ascertain the compliance level of the exercise and shut down those who refused to register or re-validate their facilities,
According to him ’’the monitoring team has shut down the total number of 19 private health facilities in Ijebu North, Ijebu Ode, Abeokuta South, Abeokuta North, Imeko Afon and the six recently shut down in Odeda L.G. He said the exercise will continue until the 20 LG across the State is well covered’’.
Appreciating the Monarch of Oni Meko of Imeko Land, Oba Oyediran Olanite, for supporting the State Government towards eradicating quackery activities in the State Health sector, Dr. Aigoro said Government would not hesitate to pursue any measure to enhance good and qualitative healthcare service delivery.