By Olufemi Adediran, Abeokuta
The Ogun State government in collaboration with the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) on Friday nabbed another fake doctor (names witheld) for allegedly aborting a six-month-old pregnancy which according to professionals could still be controlled and managed medically.
The arrest was made possible by State Ministry of Health monitoring team and executive members of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives while monitoring the level of compliance of the re-validation /registration exercise of private health facilities at Akute in Ifo Local Government Area of the State.
The Chairman of the NANNM, Comrade Roseline Solarin, said the abortion that was carried out by the suspected fake doctor could naturally be managed by a professional doctor or nurses medically, adding that during the course of interrogation the woman was diagnosed of hypertention during the pregnancy which could easily be managed by a doctor.
Commending the State government for taken bold steps in fighting quackery in the State health sector, Comrade. Solarin said fake doctors and nurses are gradually taking over the profession, warning that anyone caught practicing without the prerequisite certificate would be shown the way out of the system.
“This particular suspect conducted a graduation ceremony for a fake nurse, an information which was given to us by some good citizens of the state, and NANNM is now fully ready to cooperate with the State Government in the fight against quackery in the State health sector. Any nurses or doctor found practicing without the prerequisite certificate should be arrested and prosecuted” Solarin said
Speaking ealier the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye said the services of unqualified nurses, doctors and other health workers in the State has caused a lot of havoc to the unsuspecting good people of the State, saying that the step was made neccessary in order to safe guard the professions against quackery and reposition the sector for quality health care delivery.
The Commissioner who was represented by the Deputy Director, Department of Hospital Services in the Ministry, Dr. Solomon Sokunbi, said the State would not be a comfort zone for quack Doctors, Nurses and Science Laboratory Operators who have endangered the lives of innocent Nigerians, warning that any health facilities caught operating with fake documents or not having the new approved signboards by the State government would be delt with according to the law.
“I want to urge members of the public to always patronise approved health facilities that have signboards with the new colour and coded number, which can offer them better and qualitive health care services. The Governor has mandated officials of the Ministry to arrest and prosecute anyone found operating facilities with fake documents,” Ipaye said.
Seven facilities were short down in addition to the sixty that were shut down last year when the exercise began, the facilites includes Accurate Diagnostic Centre, The Mantle Clinic and Maternity Home, Bliss Medical Centre, Fibiani Medical Centre, Christian Maternity Home among others.