8 January 2013

Nigeria: 82 FCT Sub-Standard Medical Outfits Closed in 2012

The FCT Administration (FCTA) has said it closed down 82 sub-standard medical outfits in and around the Abuja in the preceding year of 2012.

FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed made this disclosure after looking into the activities of the FCT Health & Human Services Secretariat in retrospect last week.

The Minister further disclosed that however some of them 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.

Senator Mohammed 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 Federal Capital Territory, he assured that his administration is on top of the situation.

The Minister also revealed that his administration has empowered the Health & Human Services Secretariat to deal with such ugly situation through the activities of the Private Health Establishments Registration and Monitoring Committee (PHERMC).

He further assured that his Administration would not relent in fighting quackery in the Federal Capital Territory as their activities impinge on the lives of the residents.

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

He enjoined the residents of the Federal Capital Territory to as a matter of urgency raise the alarm when such outfits are suspected to be operating.

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