Ogun State Government has sealed no fewer than 12 illegal private hospitals and unlicensed mortuary in parts of the state.
Another illegal mortuary was discovered at Ago Iwoye-Ijebu Igbo Area of Ijebu North Local Government.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, who led the monitoring team in company of the Transition Chairman, Ijebu North Local Government, Mr Mojeed Ekelojumati, said the hospital was shut for not complying with the revalidation of license to operate.
He added that all privately owned health facilities had been pre-informed since last December.
While ordering the immediate evacuation of the illegal mortuary, Ipaye said the state would do all within its power to clamp down on doctors and nurses operating in unlicensed health facilities.
“Some of the hospitals sealed were operating in an unconducive environment, unapproved building and illegal morgue,” the commissioner said.
He said the state would make sure that best practices in the health sector are followed strictly, adding that the health of the people remain paramount to Governor Ibikunle Amosun.
Also speaking, the chairman, Ijebu North Local Government said the step taken by the state government was in the right direction.
He said quacks should not be encouraged, adding that the change era in all sectors of the economy has come to stay.
Five additional hospitals were again shut in Ijebu Ode area of the state owing to non-compliance of the affected hospitals to the re-validation/registration exercise carried out by government for all private health facilities.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Nafiu Aigoro, who led a monitoring team to ascertain the level of compliance to the exercise at Ijebu Ode Local Government Area, said there would be no room for quacks to operate in the state as their activities have done more harm than good.
He said so many lives have been lost to the activities of quack doctors and nurses, adding that with the new strategy being adopted by the ministry of health, the days of quacks in the health sector are numbered.
While ordering for the closure of Mayflower Clinic, Oga Yem Merciful Care and Glorious King’s Eye Clinic, all in Ijebu Ode Local Government, Dr. Aigoro asked the owners to come to the ministry with all relevant documents to convince it of the legitimacy of their operations.
Aigoro emphasised that the state would no longer be conducive for persons who disguise as professional medical practitioners to endanger lives and swindle innocent people in the society, noting that under the provisions of the Private Hospitals and other Health Establishments Registration Edict of 1988, the state government has taken the right step.

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