The Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency said it has sealed 17 health facilities across the state in July and August 2021.

The Executive Secretary of the Agency, Dr. Abiola Idowu, in a statement said the facilities were shut for non-compliance with regulatory standards, adding that a total of 1,304 facilities have been monitored so far in 2021.

Idowu was quoted to have said this at a sensitisation organised by the agency to educate residents of the Epe division on the roles and responsibilities of HEFAMAA.

She explained that the agency was established by the Lagos State Health Sector Reform Law of 2006 with the mandate to set the standards for the operations of public and private health facilities in the state.

Idowu said, “The affected facilities were shut for lack of basic equipment, working without required qualifications, operating without licenses as well as practising beyond schedule and, training of auxiliary nurses who can become a menace to society as they can set set-up and run illegal facilities in the future.”

The Executive Secretary revealed that the campaign also aimed at sensitizing the public on the need to expose quacks in the system to safeguard the health of Lagosians.

She advised new facilities to register with the agency before commencing operations, noting that operators of existing registered facilities should ensure prompt renewal of their certificates to avoid sanction.

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