Oyo State Government has sealed off eight healthcare facilities in the state, reiterating its commitment to the eradication of quackery in the health sector.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Azeez Adeduntan, while leading the task force of the Ministry of Health on a routine monitoring exercise and inspection of private health care facilities within Ibadan metropolis, warned that the training of auxiliary nurses in private facilities would not be tolerated in the state.
The state government said that it is against the ethics that guides the profession for training of nurses in private facilities as the practice leads to quackery.
He explained that there are 12 qualified institutions in Oyo State that train nursing students in tandem with best practices across the globe.
The government also announced receiving 34 motorcycles to improve surveillance and ensure that the population of Oyo State attains the highest standard of health.
It urged anybody interested in going to medical school to become a qualified nurse to go to a nursing school established and identified by the state government.
Speaking through the Director of Secondary Health Care and Training, Dr. Ayoola Adebisi, the Commissioner stated that to be qualified as a nurse, weeding test is very important to pass in order to participate in capping and knotting of tie ceremony which will confirm the certification of professionalism.
Adeduntan pointed out that eight out of eleven facilities visited were closed for quackery practices, illegal operations, unqualified medical personnel, and failure to maintain the minimum standard of practice, noting that they were not also registered with the government.
The Commissioner noted that the monitoring exercise was not to witch-hunt anybody or private health care facilities in the state but to sanitize the system and ensure that they comply with the rules and regulations guiding the operations of private health care facilities.
He said noted that the monitoring will be a continuous exercise.
Among the areas visited by the task force are Apete, Awotan, Ijokodo, Arometa, Sango, and Mokola area in Ibadan.
Adeduntan, while handing over the motorcycles donated by the World Health Organization (WHO) to Disease Surveillance and Notification Officers (DSNOs) in Ibadan noted that surveillance is key for the control, elimination and eradication of diseases plaguing the society.
He added that one of the main obstacles to active surveillance is the availability of a means of locomotion to reach remote health facilities and communities in sensitizing people on priority diseases under surveillance such as yellow fever, cholera and other outbreak of diseases that may occur in the state.
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