Ike Nnachi, Abakaliki
In its bid to rid Ebonyi State of medical quacks, the State Government has shut down five fake hospitals.
Governor of the state, Francis Nwifuru, disclosed this on Thursday while presenting the 2024 budget christened “Budget of Innovation and Success” to the members of the State House of Assembly.
The Governor revealed that three fake drug distributors in the state had also been arrested.
According to him, a total of 107 medical quacks in the state have signed an undertaking with the task-force on medical quackery in the state never to indulge in quackery in the medical sector.
He reiterated his administration’s commitment to upgrading the 13 General Hospitals across the state.
This he noted was aimed at improving the health status of the state and provide access to health care services for rural dwellers.
He said “A total of 107 medical quacks have signed an undertaking with the task force on medical quackery never to indulge in quackery in Ebonyi State.
“The total of five quack centres have been shut down. The quack centers that have been shut down are: Eleri Hospital Afikpo, Party Hospital Ugbodo, Homeopathic Specialist Hospital Igbeagu, St. Patrick Hospital Iboko, and Alexander Hospital Umuezeoka.
“Apprehension of three major distributors of fake drugs in the state and collaboration with the requisite agencies such as NAFDAC.
“Imagine a state where every citizen regardless of their location has access to world-class health services.
“Our ongoing efforts to upgrade all the 13 general hospitals across the state are not just an infrastructural enhancement. They are pathways to healing and hopes,” he added.