NMA to sponsor anti-quackery bill in Lagos

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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) says she will sponsor an anti-quackery bill in the Lagos State House of Assembly to give legal backing to her fight against quackery in the profession.

Adetunji Adenekan, president of NMA Lagos, made this known in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) on Saturday in Lagos.

Quackery is the practice of the medical profession by illegal or unauthorized persons.

Quackery poses a threat to the delivery of quality health care in the state, Mr. Adenekan said.

He said failure to prosecute charlatans in the medical profession encouraged the dangerous practice across the country.

“Most patients go to the hospital for treatment without knowing whether the doctors present are qualified to meet their needs.

“Many Nigerians have fallen victim to these charlatans who either resulted in their death or worsened their health.

“Having an anti-quackery law would help prosecute perpetrators under the appropriate law instead of identity theft or other light accusations that have done little as a deterrent,” he said. he declared.

He said the association would hold an anti-quackery summit in the first quarter of 2022 with relevant stakeholders to develop a strategic document that would be used to foster quality health care and the development of the health sector of the State.

The president of the NMA said that controlling quackery requires effective public education, monitoring and regulation, noting that the association will educate the public about the dangers of condescending charlatans.

“As an association, we advise that when a patient decides to seek treatment in a healthcare facility, the patient should demand to see the credentials of the medical staff on duty.

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“Or better yet, look at the hospital wall to see if there are any licenses posted.

“If they have any suspicions, they should be reported to the nearest office of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) or the office of the NMA, and appropriate investigations will be carried out,” he said.

Mr Adenekan also praised the Lagos State Government‘s decision to shut down Vedic Lifecare Hospital, Lekki, for allegedly employing unlicensed expatriate medical staff.

“Vedic Lifecare Hospital is a good healthcare facility and I don’t understand why they would engage in a practice that would affect them,” he said.

Mr Adenekan said the closure of the facility by the Agency for Supervision and Accreditation of Health Facilities (HEFAMAA) was in line with the NMA’s plan to eradicate the state of quackery in the medical profession.

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NAN recalled that the State, through its HEFAMAA, had closed the Vedic Lifecare hospital for “employment of expatriates without a license”.

The agency said it had received information that some establishments were hiring visiting doctors based abroad (FBTMD).

He said foreign doctors would come to the state, stay there for a period of time to provide medical care to patients and perform medical procedures before returning to their respective countries.

The health agency said the government was concerned about the education and experience of these foreign health workers.

He warned hospitals to refrain from using foreigners whose certificates and licenses had not been verified by the MDCN to protect the health of the population. (NAA)

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