The Lagos State Government, under the auspices of Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency, said it has shut down 309 health facilities in 2019 for non-compliance to stipulated medical standards.
In a statement by the, Dr Abiola Idowu, Executive Secretary, Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency (HEFAMAA), it was noted that some of the health facilities had been reopened, adding that they had corrected the infractions and pledged to abide by set standards.
“Health security is an integral part of public security, which is the primary duty of the government.
“The State government is responsible and responsive and will not shy away in its efforts to ensure the health and well-being of the people,” she said.
According to her, HEFAMAA is poised to become a health regulatory agency that will effectively promote quality health care delivery to citizens of Lagos.
She said that the agency would do this by enhancing its capacity to carry out accreditation and effective quality assurance monitoring of all health facilities, as well as increase public awareness and collaboration with critical stakeholders.
Idowu advised all new operators to register with the agency, adding that existing registered operators should ensure prompt renewal of their certificate to avoid being sanctioned.
She urged the public to continue supporting the government in its fight against quackery and illegal operation of health facilities. She asked that people behind such acts be reported to relevant government agencies to safeguard the health and well-being of the citizens.
Idowu restated the government’s commitment to the fulfilment of accessible, affordable and quality healthcare to the residents.