A total of 42 health facilities have been sealed by the Health Facilities Monitoring and Accreditation Agency (HEFAMAA) out of about 1040 visited between January to September 2022.
Dr. Abiola Idowu, Executive Secretary of the Agency who disclosed this in Lagos while reviewing the activities of the agency in the nine months, said the facilities were sealed for non-compliance with regulatory standards, non-registration of facilities, and lack of qualified medical personnel as well as the illegal training of auxiliary nurses.
“In the same period, 170 facilities across the state were inspected for registration while about 157 closure notices were issued.
“The agency is empowered by the Health Sector Reform (HSR) Law 2006 to franchise some of its activities. Section 49 (5) of the law granted the agency the power to select franchise companies to monitor and ensure compliance with the law by health facilities in the state.
“The key areas monitoring Officers focus on during monitoring and inspection exercises of health facilities are; the qualification of personnel, operation processes of the facility, the environment, as well as the standard of equipment,” Idowu said.
The executive secretary explained that the franchise aims to improve the effectiveness of the monitoring exercise so that all the health facilities in the state can be monitored at least twice a year as the law stipulates.
She, therefore, advised owners and operators of health facilities to get acquainted with the law and carry out their operations by it to safeguard the health of the people.
Idowu, emphasizing the commitment of the state government to sustaining the fight against quackery and unprofessional conduct in the system, urged intending operators to ensure proper registration with the agency through its website.
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