By Aliyu Dangida
DUTSE – THE Jigawa State government has closed down private hospitals and other health institutions operating illegitimately across the state.
Speaking to newsmen in Dutse, Director, Procurement and Regulation in the state Ministry of Health, Alhaji Lawan Bala, said the state government had set up a committee headed by him, following a security report over proliferation of illegal private hospitals in the state.
Bala revealed that the security report showed that several cases had been reported of private health institutions not operating in compliance with the ethics governing the profession.
He revealed that his committee was out to checkmate the menace of illegal hospitals and other health institutions in the state, stating the determination of the committee to ensure high level of compliance to the rules and regulations governing health care delivery in the state.
Lawan explained that during their first outing, 16 hospitals were identified, while four were closed down for operating without licences, adding that two others were shut for operating in dirty and hazardous conditions.
According to him, the affected hospitals include Barga Clinic in Hadejia, Alheri Clinic in Birnin-Kudu, Phytheothrapy Clinic in Hadejia, Kudu Clinic, Babaldu Clinic and Ecowa Clinic Roni.
He noted that some of the hospitals were found operating beyond their capacity, while ordinary clinics or nursing centres were found conducting surgery operation.
â€œOur committee comprises men from NDLEA, Police, NAFDAC, SSS, and representatives from Ministries of Health andÂ Local Governments. And it will not stop its operation until all private health institutions have complied with norms and ethics of the system,â€ Bala said.