Twelve private hospitals operating without licences have been shut in Ogun State.
According to the nation reporter, an illegal mortuary was discovered in Ago Iwoye, Ijebu Igbo in Ijebu North Local Government.
The closure and the discovery of the illegal facilities was carried out by the State Monitoring Team, Department of Hospital Services in the Ministry of Health, led by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye and the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Nafiu Aigoro.
The commissioner said the step was to eliminate quackery in the health sector.
He said the government would no longer condone the activities of quacks.
Ipaye said: “The government can no longer continue to lose residents through the activities of quacks.
“The state will henceforth ensure that owners of private health facilities follow the best health care operating standards.
“Owners will also provide proof of ownership, certificate, and other relevant documents before operating in the state.”
The commissioner said the activities were carried out under the Private Hospitals and other Health Establishments Registration Edict of 1988, noting that seven hospitals were shut in Ijebu Igbo and five in Ijebu Ode.
Speaking on the various sign boards provided by the government to guide against patronising quacks across the state, Aigoro said facilities owned by doctors fall under category A with Orange colour; B for facilities owned by nurses with Gray colour; C are for medical laboratory, diagnostic centers and physiotherapy clinics with purple colour.
He said other categories are D for mortuaries with black sign board while E and F are for alternative medicine and community health officer/ business enterprise with blue and brown.