The Lagos State Government, through the Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency, HEFAMAA, has shut down 14 health facilities in the month of September for non-compliance with regulatory standards.
The Executive Secretary of HEFAMAA, Dr. Abiola Idowu, disclosed the occurrence after a recent enforcement exercise by the agency, stressing that the State government remains committed to putting a halt to the ugly trend of having unqualified personnel work in health facilities.
She assured that the government will continue to insist that the environment for the dispensation of medical care is suitable for the promotion and maintenance of good health.
Idowu added that any form of illegal health practices will not be tolerated in the State as health security is an integral part of public security, which is the primary duty of the government.
While stressing that this administration will ensure that all health facilities conform to best practices, she urged all health facility operators to abide strictly by the standards of the Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency (HEFAMAA) to avoid sanctions.
The Executive Secretary implored members of the public to continue to cooperate and support the State government in the fight against quackery and illegal operation of facilities by reporting those behind such acts to relevant government agencies in order to safeguard the health and the well-being of the citizenry.
She, therefore, advised owners and operators of health facilities to complete their registration with HEFAMAA, collect the agency’s logo and display them at positions in around their facilities for visibility to members of the public.
Dr. Abiola also implored members of the public to desist from patronising any healthcare provider that has not been certified and also report any suspicious facility to HEFAMAA.
She gave assurance of government’s resolve to fulfill the mandate of accessible, affordable and qualitative healthcare, saying “Lagos State has a responsible government and will not relent in its efforts at ensuring the wellbeing and welfare of its citizenry”.