Lagos govt shuts 42 health facilities over non-compliance

The Lagos State Government, through the Health Facilities Monitoring and Accreditation Agency has sealed up a total of 42 health facilities out of about 1040 visited between January to September 2022 for non-compliance to regulatory standards.

The Executive Secretary of HEFAMAA, Dr Abiola Idowu, disclosed this, according to a statement on Tuesday, during a review of the activities of the agency in the nine-month period at Ikeja.

She said, “The facilities were sealed for non-compliance with regulatory standards, adding that other infractions committed include non-registration of facilities and lack of qualified medical personnel as well as the illegal training of auxiliary nurses. In the same period, 170 facilities across the state were inspected for registration while about 157 closure notices were issued.

The key areas monitoring officers focus on during monitoring and inspection exercises of health facilities are: the qualification of personnel, operation processes of the facility, the environment, as well as the standard of equipment.”

Idowu also explained that the monitoring exercise would be carried out at least twice a year as the law stipulated.

“The agency is empowered by the Health Sector Reform Law 2006 to franchise some of its activities. Section 49 (5) of the law granted the agency the power to select franchise companies to monitor and ensure compliance with the law by health facilities in the state,” she added.

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