From Kolawole Olayinka in Abeokuta
No fewer than 186 illegal health facilities across Ogun State have been shut down in the last one year by the state government in order to curtail the intemperate activities of quacks among the health workers in the state.
The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, made this known while addressing journalists in Abeokuta, against the backdrop of operating illegal health facilities and increase of quack doctors in the state.
He said those being nabbed by the monitoring team of the Ministry, either operating with fake certificates, invalid of licence or engaging in health facilities without government authorization had been charged to court by the state Ministry of Justice.
Ipaye emphasized that the state would not condone any illegal health activities, as the state had contributed immeasurably to the health sector in the state, noting that whosoever engaged in illegitimate act and nabbed would not go scot free.
“The state government will not fold its arms for anybody to operate illegal health facilities in the state, those who intend to do so or has been doing that should henceforth desist from it or be ready to face the full wrath of the law,” Ipaye said.
He said it was imperative for health facilities owners in the state to revalidate their license, as the inspection teams of the Ministry would soon out for thorough inspection of their facilities and if anyone caught with fake certificate or expired license would be dealt with accordingly.
He noted that the state government must ensure proper protection and safeguard of its citizens against untimely death of those illegal health facilitators, emphasizing that those quack doctors and nurses in the state contribute no small measures to the sudden death of masses including the pregnant women in the society.
Meanwhile, the commissioner also said the introduction of Community-Based Health Insurance Scheme (CBHIS), “Araya” was for the government to pay for the bill of the less-privileged masses, including pregnant women and children under 5 years in the state in order to benefit from primary health care service delivery of the state government.
He said over 16 thousand residents had keyed into the programme across the state, while targeting pregnant women and children under 5 put at about 40 thousand.
He enjoined residents to continue registering for the programme in their respective maternity centres across the 20 Local government and 37 Local Council Development Areas nearest to them in the state.
“The Araya programme is a continuous process for the less-privileged people, pregnant women and children aged under 5 in the state. All what you need to do is to just walk in to the Primary Health Centres nearest to you and register. Once you have registered and collect the card, then you are entitled to free health care service,” Ipaye said.