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Lagos seals 317 pharmacies, 28 hospitals in 1 year – Commissioner

The commissioner said another 114 hospitals had been served notices of closure by the state.

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday said it sealed 317 pharmacies and 28 hospitals in the state in the last one year.

Jide Idris, the Commissioner for Health, who made the disclosure at the 2014 Ministerial Press Briefing in Ikeja, said the affected facilities were closed for various contraventions.

Mr. Idris listed some of the contraventions to include dealing in substandard drugs, operating without government approval and poor standard of facilities.

”Some of these pharmacies and private health centres were also sanctioned because they ran their centres with quacks rather than qualified personnel,” he said.

The commissioner said another 114 hospitals had been served notices of closure by the state`s Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency for not meeting set standards.

He said the government was intensifying monitoring of health facilities in the state in order to uncover others that were operating illegally.

According to him, the government is irrevocably committed to the health and well-being of residents, and will continue to take steps to safeguard public health.

He said the government had, in the last one year, taken several steps to improve the healthcare delivery system in the state.

Idris said these include the delivery of facilities such as the Burns and Trauma Centre in Gbagada, Maternal and Child Care Centres (MCCs) in Alimosho and Amuwo-Odofin and the School of Nursing in Alimosho.

The commissioner noted that three Primary Health Centres in Badagry, Ikorodu and Ikeja were also delivered within the period to strengthen healthcare.

According to him, 3,200,458 children were covered in the state`s polio immunisation programme within the period while 1,998,972 were immunised against measles.

He said several ongoing health projects like the reconstruction of Ikeja Hospital Gynaecological Centre (Ayinke House) and MCCs in Lekki and Badagry would soon be delivered to further boost healthcare in the state.

(NAN)

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