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Oyo government seals five uncertified clinics

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In its bid to ensure safe and quality healthcare services to state citizens, the Oyo State government has sealed five private health facilities in Ibadan and Saki over alleged unprofessional practices.

The Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun om Saturday disclosed the development to newsmen in Ibadan.

Indicated in the statement was that the task force, set up by the state ministry of health to monitor private health facilities made the discoveries of these illegal clinics.

Taking the leadership of the task force, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Bashir Bello, said that the monitoring exercise was imperative for the team to evaluate the compliance level of operators of private health facilities to the government’s directives. Bello, who was represented by Dr. Wale Falana, the Director of Secondary Healthcare and Training, expressed concern over what he called the lackadaisical attitude of some owners of private health facilities in the state.

He decried the unscrupulous activities of some medical practitioners through the engagement of quack staffers, lack of approval of premises where they were operating and lack of qualified personnel in some of the clinics.

Explaining the situation, the commissioner posited that the unethical and quack practices could compromise the health status of patients upon patronage, saying that three of the clinics closed were in Ibadan, while the remaining two were in Saki.

Bello warned that the state government would not tolerate quackery in the sector but would rather promote good practices, with a view to ensuring quality healthcare delivery in the state.

He implored residents of the state to rather be vigilant and patronise government-accredited private health facilities than to complicated their health statuses.

Reported by: Fatimah Oyesanmi

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