Dr. Betta Edu

The Cross River Ministry of Health has shut down a medical facility in the Boje community of Boki Local Government Area over alleged quackery and substandard operations.

The State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Betta Edu, disclosed this in an interview with the  News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Calabar.

Edu said that the state government had warned against the use of healthcare facilities for unapproved health outreaches across the state.

According to her, the government would no longer condone operators of illegal hospitals and pharmaceutical stores in Cross River. Edu added that the state government had taken steps to ensure strict compliance by Private Health Facilities operators.

“The state government is set to curb the activities of quacks and completely eradicate quackery in the health sector. We have issued a warning to some others to comply with the regulations as laid down by the state government and the Health Ministry.

“As a ministry, we are going to prosecute the owner of the facility to serve as a deterrent to others. Apart from the failure of the owner of the clinic to properly register the facility, he was said to be carrying out health outreaches and surgeries even on rumbling stomach and other petty complaints in the clinic with unqualified personnel,” she alleged.

The commissioner noted that the state had been a cynosure of all eyes in the health sector, and would not hesitate to deal with any operator of illegal hospital. She said that the ministry had received complaints about the increasing unprofessional practices in the area.