This Day (Lagos)

4 January 2013

Nigeria: Minister - FCTA to Fight Quack Medical Practitioners

The FCT Administration (FCTA) has expressed readiness to improve the standard of medical practice in the FCT and rid the territory of quack doctors and medical practitioners.

This is to consolidate on the gains made over the preceding year in 2012, when it shut down 82 sub-standard medical outfits in and around the Nation's Capital, Abuja.

The FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed, stated this in Abuja yesterday, after looking into the activities of the FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat in retrospect.

Mohammed disclosed that some of the illegal offices have been re-opened after the conditions for which they were closed down were met and payment of penalty fine as a result of the offences.

He revealed that 12 non-medical quacks were also apprehended and handed over to the Police at various Police Stations such as Bwari, Jikwoyi, Garki, Federal Secretariat and the FCT Police Command.

According to him, three of such cases have already been charged to Karu Magistrate Court for prosecution to serve as deterrent.

While lamenting that the activities of medical quacks have been on the rise due to the ever-increasing influx of people into the FCT, the Minister assured that his administration is on top of the situation.

"My administration has empowered the Health & Human Services Secretariat to deal with such ugly situations through the activities of the Private Health Establishments Registration and Monitoring Committee (PHERMC). I also assure you that my administration would not relent in fighting quackery in the FCT as their activities impinge on the lives of the residents," he added.

Mohammed urged the general public to be cautious of such outfits as they pose a great health danger to the public.

He also enjoined the FCT residents to "as a matter of urgency raise the alarm when such outfits are suspected to be operating."

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