National president of Association of General Private Nursing Practitioners, AGPNP, Reverend (Dr.) Joseph Olawale has accused Nigerian government of lack of seriousness to tackle the menace of quackery.
Dr. Olawale stated this in Kaduna during the fourth Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference organised by the association.
He blamed the government and public for providing a conducive atmosphere for the quacks to operate, because the law allows anybody with financial capacity to open clinic.
According to him, though not only medical doctor have the exclusive right of establishing and owning a hospital, the nurses too can establish theirs but government must ensure that only certified personnel by the nursing council were allowed to engage in such practice.
“The problem of quackery is enormous, so serious but we must go to the root cause of it. And it is caused by all public hospitals, private hospitals be you doctors or nurses because those who work as cleaners in their days, when they retire they are going to set up hospitals. And the Nigeria law backs them when the law asks anybody that has money to open up health centres.
“And even some of the governments and international agencies train what they call Traditional Birth Attendants, TBA, who will now go to the public and become something else by setting up a hospital where they will continue to practise.
“You will see some people training auxiliary nurses. What is the meaning of auxiliary nurses? So on the issue of quackery, it seems as if the government is not even ready to curtail it; because if the government is ready, only nursing and midwifery council is able to train anybody.
“So that’s an aberration and an insult if anybody will say they are training auxiliary nurses,” Dr. Olawale declared.
For his part, Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai vowed to seal any substandard private health clinic or chemist in the state.
The governor, who spoke through the state Commissioner for Health, Professor Andrew Nok represented by a director in the ministry, Mrs. Salamatu Wachiri, said it had put in place committees going round private health clinics in the state to check substandard clinics.

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