…says the exercise is to provide Ndi Anambra with affordable and efficient healthcare system devoid of quackery
Anambra State Ministry of Health has warned private and public hospitals across the state operating with quack medical personnels as well as facilities cited at unhygienic places to desist fortwith or face immediate sanctions.
Head of Medical Services of the ministry, Dr. Ugochukwu Chukwulobelu gave the warning during inspection of private and public hospitals across the state which kicked off in Awka, the state capital.
He said the exercise is targeted at closing down any hospital that fails to meet the stipulated standards.
He said, “The exercise is very crucial to the administration of Governor Chukwuma Soludo who is determined to provide Ndi Anambra with affordable and efficient healthcare system devoid of quackery and unwholesome attitudes.
“Government is making a sincere effort to change the narrative in the healthcare sector and would not want any Onye Anambra to die out of carelessness, unprofessionalism of medical practitioners.
“We visited some medical facilities within the city in order to ascertain their level of compliance as regards operating standards.
“During the visits, we found out that there are a lot of gaps in the system of which the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Afam Obidike mandated us to move across the state to identity hospitals that are operating below standards.
“Those operating with quack medical personnels as well as medical facilities cited at unhygienic places will face immediate sanctions.
He regretted temporal closure of King David Hospital Ziks Avenue, Off Ichide Street Awka following lack of qualified medical personnel, standard medical facilities, and unconducive environment.
“If the hospital improves within the time frame given to them, it will be re-opened but if not, it would be permanently closed to serve as a deterrent to others,” he warned.
The medical services boss revealed that the visits to the medical facilities were without notice, assuring continuity until all facilities in the state were sanitized.
“We do not give the medical facilities notice of their visits in order to meet them in the way and manner they used to operate. We will continue the exercise until all the medical facilities in the state are sanitized,” he added.
Describing as highly commendable recent employment of no fewer than 300 medical personnel to feel the noticable gaps in government medical facilities, Chukwulobelu stated that those facilities were not left out, saying, “Commissioner and his team has been monitoring their services since he assumed office.”