The Anambra State Ministry of Health has sealed three hospitals operating with fake licenses and quack health workers.
The Head, Medical Services Department in the ministry, Dr Chukwulobelu Ugochukwu, led the team to the facilities located in Alor, Idemili South Local Government Area of the state, on Wednesday.
Ugochukwu cautioned residents against patronizing such unapproved facilities, but to rather visit government general hospitals for proper Medicare.
He added that the hospitals were sanctioned for employing uncertified medical personnel, noting that the closure did not affect in-patients.
He said, “The hospitals were shut by Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Team for operating without a license, forged license, unqualified staff or in an unhygienic environment according to Health management.
“We also discovered some uncertified health workers, who treat patients and perform medical procedures only to leave the country when complications arise.
“We, therefore, call on community stakeholders, religious bodies and individuals to show interest in activities in their localities, especially health.
“They should also report to the ministry any suspected facility or shops involved in quackery to assist in saving millions of lives and contributing to the health sector of the state.”
He described more worrisome cases of uncertified health workers, who abandon their patients to relocate to other countries when they encounter complications.
Ugochukwu assured of continuous regulatory oversight of hospitals in the state, wondering why people risk human lives over monetary gains.