By Austin Ogwuda
Asaba â€” DELTA State Ministry of Health has announced the closure of four medical outfits in the state over unprofessional and deficient practices.
The Ministry, in a statement signed by its Public Relations Officer, Mr. Churchill Oyowe, in Asaba yesterday, listed the closed outfits as New Maxom Clinic, Warri; Salvation Clinic and Maternity Home, Effurun; Lizmart Clinic, Effurun, and Mekako Clinic, Ughelli.
According to him, â€œthe Director of Medical Services and Training in the state Ministry of Health, Dr. Daniel Omodon, ledÂ a team of officials to effect the closure, saying that the affected medical outfits suffer deficiencies in facilities, personnel and standard practice environment.
â€œDr. Omodon said the sealing up of the substandard health outfits was part of efforts by the Ministry of Health to ensure acceptable standards that would safeguard the health of Deltans.â€
He added that, â€œthe closure of medical outfits that fall short of professional standards was a continuous exercise that would cover the nooks and crannies of the state.
â€œWhile calling on already registered outfits in the state to renew their status, the Director advised operators of unregistered medical outfits to take seriously the six-week ultimatum earlier givenÂ them to register in order to avoid closure and possible prosecution.â€