The Oyo State Government has shut five private health facilities in Saki and Ibadan allegedly for contravention and unethical practices.
The state task force on private health facilities, headed by the Commissioner for Health, Dr Basiru Bello, shut down the facilities for engaging quacks, using unapproved premises; and failing to adhere to other rules guiding the practice.
The commissioner, who expressed concern over the attitude of the proprietors of private health facilities in the state, said government would not tolerate quackery in the sector.
He said the state would promote good practices with a view to ensuring quality health care delivery.
The commissioner, who was represented by the Director of Secondary Health Care and Training in the ministry, Dr Wale Falana, said the exercise was imperative for the team to evaluate the compliance level of operators to health laws.
According to him, most of the facilities visited by the task force operated without qualified personnel and the right orientation.
Three facilities were sealed up in Ibadan and two in Saki, while preference was given to some facilities that have commenced registrations.
He said, “These people are practising quackery and they are killing people. They are not qualified. The environment is not good, no scientific orientation; they are just doing what they like and people’s lives are in danger.
“When we went to Saki the other time, one of them used a room where people live. As we know that one of the pillars of this present administration is health, we are not compromising this. We need to move and make sure our people are well taken care of by qualified personnel, with good facilities.”