Thumbs Up! No room For Quackery In Lagos Healthcare Facilities

INSIDEMAINLAND– The Lagos State Government, through the Health Facilities Monitoring and Accreditation Agency, (HEFAMAA) has closed 42 health facilities out of approximately 1040 visited between January and September 2022 for noncompliance with regulatory standards.

According to a statement issued on Tuesday, Dr. Abiola Idowu, Executive Secretary of HEFAMAA, revealed this during a review of the agency’s activities over the previous nine months in Ikeja.

She said, “The facilities were sealed for non-compliance with regulatory standards, adding that other infractions committed include non-registration of facilities and lack of qualified medical personnel as well as the illegal training of auxiliary nurses. In the same period, 170 facilities across the state were inspected for registration while about 157 closure notices were issued.

“The key areas monitoring officers focus on during monitoring and inspection exercises of health facilities are the qualification of personnel, operation processes of the facility, the environment, as well as the standard of equipment.”

Idowu also stated that the monitoring would take place at least twice a year, as required by law.

“The agency is empowered by the Health Sector Reform Law 2006 to franchise some of its activities. Section 49 (5) of the law granted the agency the power to select franchise companies to monitor and ensure compliance with the law by health facilities in the state,” she added.

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