The Chairman of Cross River Private Hospital Regulatory Board, Dr Norbert Mogar, has raised alarm over the high practice of medical quackery in the state by non doctors and unqualified personnel.
Dr Mogar, who spoke in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria Correspondent on Sunday in Calabar after an inspection of private medical facilities across the state, described the situation as ‘worrisome’.
He told NAN that over 80 of the hospitals visited were operated by quacks, 50 yet to be registered with the state Ministry of Health, while 70 of them were equally not registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission.
The Chairman said that operators of the facilities claimed that they lacked the knowledge on how to go about the registration process with the various authorities.
“In the course of our inspection, we found out that over 80 of the hospitals visited were operated by quacks and unqualified personnel.
“Also, 50 of the facilities were yet to be registered with the state ministry of health, while 70 of them were equally not registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission.
“It was also sad to realise that most of the quacks operate as mobile doctors, conducting test and performing surgeries on patients in their respective homes and visiting them for continuity of care.
“From the statistics, it was very clear that a significant percentage of the private facilities have been operating illegally and thus constitute a great danger to the health status of the state,” he said.
He frowned that the state will also be loosing much revenue by not having every facility duly registered and certified by the appropriate authorities to operate.
He explained that on March 25 2019, some medical facilities in Yala and Obudu local government areas of the state were shut down for medical quackery.
Mogar attributed the achievement to the state Ministry of Health, the Regulatory Board, the Nigerian Medical Association and the Primary Healthcare Coordinators in the affected areas.
He appealed to the state government to provide the board with at least two operational vehicles and timely disbursement of impress to enable them succeed in the war against quackery in the state.
He however, cautioned those still operating illegally in some ‘hide-out’ to shun the practice for the safety of residents in the state.