The Ekiti State Government has shut down five private health facilities for alleged substandard practices and use of unqualified medical personnel.
The affected health facilities include are Odunayo Medical Centre, Aye Ekiti, City Medical Laboratory, Ado Ekiti, Masterpiece Diagnostic Care, Ado Ekiti, Abundant Grace Hospital, Ado Ekiti, and Good Heritage Hospital, Ado Ekiti.
The Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr Oyebanji Filani, directed the sealing of the health facilities during an unscheduled visit to the health facilities on Wednesday.
He expressed regret over the continued existence of such facilities in the state, in spite of regular monitoring and persistent warnings by government.
Represented by Dr Olusanya Adetoye the Director of Hospital Services and Training in the ministry, the commissioner particularly complained about the way the affected facilities were operating with incompetent staff in filthy environments.
He described the situation as “inimical to the health of the people”.
The commissioner said that government had met with proprietors of private health facilities in the state and warned them against the use of trainee nurses or auxiliary doctors in their operations, as such practice portended great danger to the health of members of the public.
He vowed that the government would no longer hesitate to arrest and prosecute auxiliary doctors and trainee nurses found to be working in health facilities, under the guise of being qualified professionals, as their activities posed danger to the life of people.