Lagos Shuts Down 20 Health Facilities, Assures Public Of Best Practices In Healthcare Delivery

Lagos State Government, through the Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency, HEFAMAA, shut down 20 health facilities in the month of January for non-compliance with regulatory standards.

The Executive Secretary, HEFAMAA, Dr. Abiola Idowu, made the disclosure after a recent enforcement exercise carried out by the agency, stressing that the State government remains committed to sustaining the fight against the engagement of unqualified personnel in health facilities.

And also will continue to insist on a suitable environment for the dispensation of medical care for promotion and maintenance of good health.

Idowu warned that the government will not tolerate any form of illegal health practices in the State, saying that “health security, an integral part of public security is the primary duty of the government”.

Dr. Idowu urged all health facility operators across the State to abide strictly by the standards of HEFAMAA to avoid being sanctioned.

Commenting on the activities of the agency in the previous year, she disclosed that a total of 309 facilities were shut down in 2019 for lack of compliance to stipulated standards, adding that some of them had been reopened because they corrected the infractions and promised to abide by set standards.

Idowu revealed that HEFAMAA is poised to becoming a health regulatory agency that will effectively promote quality healthcare delivery to Lagosians by enhancing its capacity to carry out accreditation and effective quality assurance monitoring of all health facilities in the State, increasing public awareness to sensitise critical stakeholders and the public as well as improving collaboration with stakeholders and the public with a view to improving quality of healthcare delivery in Lagos.

While encouraging owners of health facilities to carry out their operations in accordance with set standards, the Executive Secretary maintained that all new or intending operators must register with the agency through its website at www.hefamaa.lagosstate.gov.ng before commencing medical practice and implored existing registered operators to ensure prompt renewal of their certificates to avoid being sanctioned.

She, therefore, called on members of the public to continue supporting and cooperating with the State government in its fight against quackery and illegal operation of facilities by reporting those behind such acts to relevant government agencies to safeguard the health and well-being of the citizenry.

“I will advise Lagosians to be cautious and desist from patronising uncertified service providers and if you suspect foul play or notice illegal operations in your community, do not hesitate to contact HEFAMAA for prompt action”, she stated.

LASG Advises Nurses To Be Prepared For Global l health Challenges

The Lagos State government has advised  the nurses to get adequately prepared for global health challenges, since they are key stakeholders in preventing the spread of infectious diseases.

Nurses were also charged to uphold the professional values of their profession so as to keep in tune with global best practices in healthcare delivery.

Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, gave the advice at the opening ceremony of the Year 2020 Nurses Assembly held at Adeyemi-Bero Auditorium, Alausa, Ikeja, urging nurses and midwives to always display professionalism in the discharge of their duties.

He advised them to ensure that observance of universal safety precautions and compliance with infection prevention and control measures when dealing with patients, stressing that appropriate personal protective equipment like hand gloves, facemasks, goggles and overalls must be worn during treatment of clients.

Declaring the conference open, the Commissioner observed that the year 2020 theme “The Future of Nursing and Healthcare: A Global Perspective for Expanded Role” was well thought out, noting that global health issues require a high level of preparedness and care.

“Expanded roles in healthcare practice is a welcome development in an environment of harmony and team spirit by all stakeholders who are professionals in the healthcare industry for improved quality and safety with evidence for money spent. Health is wealth; quality healthcare remains a potent determinant of economic growth and development of a nation. It is, therefore, pertinent to maintain a qualitative nursing practice in order to overcome the prevailing healthcare challenges”, he remarked.

The Commissioner tasked the participants to be more committed in the discharge of their duties to promote qualitative nurse-patient relationship, patients-client safety and also take cognisance and optimally utilise the various innovations and advanced global technology for the advancement of the profession.

“There is need for Nurses to be prepared for any emerging infectious diseases, have a positive attitude and mindset towards clients and be well equipped to be productive in the discharge of their responsibilities. You should take cognisance and optimally utilise the various innovations and advanced global technology for the advancement of the profession”, he advised.

Prof. Abayomi stated that government on its part remains committed to ensuring best practices in healthcare delivery across the State, maintaining that quality medicare remains a potent determinant of economic growth and development of any nation.

Earlier in her welcome address, Director, Nursing Services in the Ministry, Mrs. Dorcas Shonibare advocated for a strong global health platform to meet the extreme demands of Lagos State by bringing together not only nurses, doctors, pharmacists and dentists, but also other professionals such as economists, engineers and lawyers.

While appreciating the Lagos State Government for supporting the yearly event, Shonibare admitted that the programme would go a long way in keeping nurses and midwives across the State abreast of developments in the profession as well as enhance their knowledge on the policies, programmes and activities of the State Government in the health sector.

She tasked them to improve on their attitude and shun acts that could tarnish the image of the profession, noting that patients feel very comfortable when they receive adequate care, love and kindness from health workers, especially nurses.

Highlights of the event were presentations by Barrister Harrietta Fagbo on Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare Delivery; Mr. Olufemi Alo on Arts for Life while Professor Omolola Irinoye made a presentation on the Role of Technology in Modern Nursing.