The Ogun State Ministry of Health has closed down twelve privately owned hospitals in the state to check quackery.
Seven of the hospitals were shut in Ijebu-Igbo while five were closed down in Ijebu-Ode.
Also, an illegal mortuary located at Ago-Iwoye in Ijebu-Igbo, was also closed by the monitoring team from the state’s Department of Hospital Services.
The team was led by the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Nafiu Aigoro.
Commenting on the closure of the hospitals, Ipaye said:, “The step was taken in order to stamp out quackery in the state health sector. Any facility found operating without validation by the state government would be deemed as operating illegally.
“The state government would no longer condone the activities of quacks in the health sector.
“The quality of services provided, qualification of the owner of the facilities and other relevant documents would be checked thoroughly before any hospital would be allowed to render health care services to the people.
”The state government can no longer afford the loss of lives occasioned by the activities of quacks in the health sector.
“The state will henceforth force owners of private health facilities to follow the best health care standard and comply with international standard on health care delivery. Owners of health facilities will also provide proof of ownership, certificate, and other relevant documents before they can operate in the state,” Ipaye said.
The commissioner further disclosed that the exercise would be carried out across the 20 local government areas in the state.