16 September 2020 by Sunny Adebija
The sharp and abusive practices of some Private medical facilities in Kogi State especially at the rural areas have become worrisome.
To this end the Kogi State Government has been called upon to regulate the activities of private hospitals and check quackery in the profession.
The call followed a motion of urgent public importance sponsored by the member representing Okehi Constituency, Muktar Bajeh at plenary.
He said the sharp practices ranges from quackery, extortion of innocent people and diversion of drugs and other medical consumables.
Presenting a motion on regulating activities of Private Hospitals,Muktar Bajeh who is also the Chief Whip of the house emphasized the need for proper monitoring of the conduct of private medical practitioners, urging the state government to enforce the regulation of private hospital or a clinic law to be enacted by the house.
Seconding the motion, the member representing Dekina Biraidu Constituency, Moses Ododo said the motion was a wake up call for government to regulate private medical institutions and check quackery.
Other members Collins Musa of Omala and Rabiu Alfa of Ankpa two described the motion as timely, adding that the conduct of private medical practitioners if not checked would cause more harm to the people.
The Speaker, Prince Matthew Kolawole stated that establishing clinics and pharmacies should be properly checked and advocated treatment of patients before payments.
He directed the house committee on health to liase with the state ministry of health to ascertain the law regulating private hospitals and also appealed to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency to up its game in curbing the sales of fake and substandard drugs by private medical facilities.