Lawrence Nwimo, Awka
Anambra State Government has sealed off a hospital in Amansea, Awka North Local Government Area, over what it called quackery and illegal medical services to the people.
The hospital identified as Saint Norbert Hospital was sealed off following complaints of unhealthy environment, poor facility, including the surgical ward and dearth of equipment.
The facility was shut down when a team from the state Ministry of Health led by the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Afam Obidike, visited the hospital, Tuesday, after some background investigations was carried out on the illegal activities in the facility.
Sealing off the facility, Obidike expressed dissatisfaction with the activities of quack healthcare givers in the state, adding that the State Government through the Health Ministry is continuously fighting quackery in the state’s health system and will not take it lightly with any unprofessional healthcare giver operating in the state.
He explained that the State Government through prior investigation discovered that a lot of persons had lost their lives at the Saint Norbert Hospital Amansea which he said was not registered with the government.
According to the Commissioner, Government will make sure that the said quack doctor and others are brought to book in no time on completion of necessary investigations.
The Commissioner said that the State Government was currently working towards strengthening health system of the state as a way of restoring people’s confidence in government-owned hospitals.
He disclosed that the Government was about to institute Anambra State Health Facilities Monitoring and Accreditation Agency, an agency he said, would be responsible for the monitoring of activities of healthcare personnel, hospitals, and as well, get complaints from the masses on health services issues in their localities.