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As part of efforts toward safeguarding the health of residents of Ondo State, the state Government has vowed to sanitise the health sector by providing adequate monitoring of heath institutions in all the eighteen local government areas of the the state.

To this end, the State Government on Thursday shutdown a private hospital in Okitipupa, which was said to be owned by Dr. Odusola Aribo for training about 52 auxiliary nurses against rules and regulations.

According to a statement made available to THELEZ by the Media Manager of Ondo State Ministry of Health, Mrs. Abooluwa Famakinwa, said the Acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. Dipo Durojaye, after being briefed by the Ministry’s Monitoring team, who monitored hospitals in Okitipupa, in the Southern Senatorial Districts of the state where ARIB hospital was closed down by the monitoring team of the state.

Durojaye added that the proprietor of the hospital did not register the health facility with the State Ministry of Health.

He said it would not be business as usual in the State health sector as government will descend heavily on quacks and those opening hospitals indiscriminately without following due process.

The Acting PS vowed that any private health institution indulging in the training of health personnel would be sanctioned stressing government will not allow the life of the people to be at risk.

He also warned Patient Medicine Stores operating as hospitals and treating patients to desist from such, stressing that such actions posed great threat to the well-being of the society.

The Director of Hospital Services, Dr. Richard Adesoji said quacks are dangerous to the health sector as they are not properly trained, which he said they could not make correct diagnosis and usually jump to conclusions and these acts are responsible for high mortality rate in the country.

He added that hospitals that cannot employ qualified and trained nurses, could make use of Community Health Extension Workers ( CHEWS) as agreed at the National Council on Health.

The Director Nursing Services , Mrs Alice Ogundele who led the monitoring team to Okitipupa said she was shocked that some hospitals in the local government where they monitored were training more than 50 quarks whereas accredited Schools of Nursing and Midwifery are not allowed to admit above 50 students.

Mrs. Ogundele said this trend was dangerous to the Nursing Profession, as it will not allow qualified Nurses get jobs as these quacks are a source of cheap labour just wasting their future away.

She said these Quacks called Auxiliary Nurses, constitute danger to humanity as they are half baked, do not know the rationale behind their actions and perpetrate several wrong doings in the health sector; such as operating Patient Medicine Stores as hospitals.

She, therefore, advised the people of the state to desist from patronising them.

Some other Hospitals visited in Okitipupa are: St. Peter’s Hospital, Akingbola Hospital and Oresanya Hospital, where student trainees took to their heels on sighting the monitoring team.

These other three Hospitals were served letters of warning to desist from acts that are capable of endangering the health of the people or face seriously sanctions and eventual closure.

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