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Ogun doctors deploy free treatment to stem quackery

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The Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (AGPMPN), Akute Zone, Ogun State, has blamed activities of quacks on increased morbidity and mortality rates in Nigeria.
 
The zonal Chairman, Dr. Dolapo Ajanlekoko, who said this during a free medical treatment by the body of over 200 persons in the area, said the gesture was meant to launch war against quacks in the industry.
 
Ajanlekoko, who said the Medical Outreach/Corporate Social Responsibility with the theme: ‘Say No to Quackery,’ was organised to discourage quackery among residents in the area, said the rate of quackery in the zone, which comprises Mowe; Ibafo; Ojodu-Abiodu; Ishasi; Olambe; Oke-Aro and Matogun has become worrisome.
 
“While discussing the variations, magnitude and uniqueness that patients present with at our different facilities, a recurring decimal is that, even though they present as critical emergencies, most have been ill for an appreciable length of time. They have been receiving treatment from unqualified, uncertified and hidden sources, only to be rushed down at the last minute, resulting in enormous mental, physical and financial drain on us, as well as avoidable mortalities.
 
“To stem the tide of this recurring decimal and unacceptable situations, therefore, the CSR committee was saddled with the responsibility of fashioning out a theme and responsive activities to educate the populace and create awareness about the dangers of patronising quacks in our community, which was easy considering the preambles.”
 
The state chairman of AGPMPN, Dr. Rabiu Kusimo also blamed the activities of quacks on the increased morbidity and mortality rates in Nigeria.Kusimo, who described quackery as a monster, said it has begun to devour the nation.

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