Government, NMA begin clampdown on illegal medical centres in Ekiti State
The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), in conjunction with the Ekiti State government, has launched operation zero tolerance for unaccredited medical centres in the state.
The state Chairman of the NMA, Dr. Sunday Omoya, disclosed this at the weekend in Ado-Ekiti, at the 2017 “Physicians’ Week.He said the exercise, which is aimed at sanitising the health sector, would include a fresh accreditation of medical centres in the 16 local council areas in the state.According to him, the activities of some unregistered medical practitioners have posed danger to healthcare delivery in the state.
He lamented that some maternity homes in the state are performing surgeries, a development which is not only wrong, but also dangerous.He stressed that any illegal health facility discovered in the course of the exercise would be closed down, while the owner would be prosecuted accordingly.
Omoya, commended Governor Ayodele Fayose for implementing the Consolidated Medical Salary Scale (CONMESS) for all categories of doctors in the state.
He, however, lamented that the policy has not been beneficial following the six-month salaries arrears owed the doctors.
He said Ekiti State was among the five states in the country that met 70 per cent benchmark in immunisation coverage.Omoya disclosed that the doctors had also offered free medical treatments to 300 people at Ipole Iloro in Ekiti West Local Council Area of the State.
He added that the association also held medical education for rural dwellers on dieting, hypertension, HIV/AIDS and other ailments that ravage the people at the grassroots.
According to him, regular payment of salaries and effective funding of the health institutions, particularly the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH), would improve healthcare delivery in the state.
He said: “We have set up a committee to look into this issue of quackery. We have also entered into an agreement with the state government, hence the fresh accreditation and re-registration of all facilities.
“We are looking into the genuineness of all health facilities and whether they have not gone out of the scope for which they were registered. If you registered a maternity, clinic or hospital, you can’t go beyond that.”
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