A private hospital in Uromi, Esan-North-East Local Government Area of Edo State, Selaf Specialist Hospital, has been sealed by the state government in order to rid the state’s healthcare system of quacks.
This was disclosed by the Director of Medical Services, Edo State Ministry of Health, Dr. Edward Aisowerien, who said the team stormed the hospital and shut it indefinitely.
He said the hospital committed various offences including operating without registration, engaging unqualified personnel, training of quacks and non-compliance with regulatory standards.
The team was led by Dr Aisowerien and Mrs. Patricia Osazuwa.
Aisowerien told newsmen that they recently got information that the sealed facility has been carrying out training and induction of quack nurses.
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He continued, “Upon our investigation, we discovered that the facility, Selaf Specialist Hospital, is not registered with the Ministry of Health. They claim they are registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission. The proprietor of the facility has been interrogated, and he revealed that they have been operating for about two and a half years.
“We are using this medium to appeal to the Edo people that it’s no longer business as usual. There are a number of these facilities running in the state that are not legally registered with the Ministry of Health. Some of these facilities engage unqualified persons to carry out their activities. We have developed standards in the ministry for all categories of health facilities – clinics, hospitals, medical centres, diagnostic centres, nursing homes and maternity, among others.”
He further noted that in no distant time the state’s registration portal would go live where the ministry would upload guidelines for persons that are interested in running private facilities to familiarise themselves with the requirements.
“For now, this facility will be sealed permanently. The owner of this facility will be apprehended and handed over to the law enforcement agencies for prosecution.
“We are appealing to Edo people to help us as we step up efforts to strengthen and rejig our healthcare system. We cannot do this job alone. We request that you report to the Ministry of Health anything you see or suspect to be wrong. We are relying on your support to curtail the activities of these unscrupulous elements who are putting our lives in danger for their selfish gains,” he added.