The Oyo State Government has shut down five private hospitals in Ibadan, as part of measures towards protecting the health and well-being of residents.
A statement today, yesterday 20, by the Director, Press and Public Relations in the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Rotimi Babalola, said that the hospitals were shut down for employing unqualified and unlicensed doctors, commonly referred to as quack doctors.
Speaking during an inspection recently at Olodo and Moniya axis of Ibadan, the Director for Secondary health care and training, Dr. Wale Falana had said that the action became necessary after an extensive monitoring and evaluation of hospital facilities was carried out in the state.
“The inspection revealed alarming evidence of malpractice, misdiagnoses and inappropriate treatments being administered to unsuspected patients.”
According to him, the five health care facilities sealed were found to be lacking in terms of equipment, personnel, and compliance with standard medical regulations.’
“Also, some hospitals were staffed with unqualified personnel who were practicing medicine without the required qualifications and license.’
Dr. Falana expressed deep concern and warned hospitals not to compromise on the quality of healthcare offered to patients, even as he said that the facilities will remain closed until they meet the requirements and standards set by the regulatory bodies.
“This administration underscores its commitment to ensuring that health care services in the Oyo State adhere to the highest standards of quality and professionalism.
“The government of the day, distinguished health as one of the cardinal programmes, consequently, His Excellency, Engr. Seyi Makinde takes the health of the people as essential, which is the reason behind the omititun free health mission held quarterly throughout the state.
“We will not tolerate any compromise in medical standards that could put lives at risk. Our action in closing these hospitals demonstrates our commitment to maintaining quality healthcare delivery within our state.”
Dr. Falana advised citizens to be more cautious when seeking medical attention and reminded them to verify the qualifications and licenses of healthcare providers they visit for treatment.
He asked the citizens to report any suspected cases of quack doctors or substandard medical practices to the Ministry of Health.
“This will enable the government to take swift action and ensure that the healthcare system in Oyo State remains trustworthy, reliable, and patient-centric.”