By CHIOMA OBINNA
It will no longer be business as usual for health facilities in Lagos as the state government has threatened to publish the list of hospitals, medical centres and pharmaceutical stores under investigation for various professional offences.
This is coming on the heels of a call by the State Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency, HEFAMAA, to Lagosians to channel complaints against any health facility in the state to the Agency.
Special Adviser to the State Governor, Dr. Yewande Adeshina who issued the threat said it had become necessary to expose health facilities under investigation by the State government to ensure that people do not fall victim of unsafe and uncertified medical homes.
Statistics show that on quarterly basis, about 15 health facilities are shut down by HEFAMAA.
“We will begin to put the names of those medical homes that are sanctioned or being investigated online and publish them. Besides, we will also put the activities of HEFEMAA online to enable everyone have access to it and the Agency’s activities,” Adeshina said.
She spoke at the 2013 HEFAMMA Stakeholders’ meeting aimed at sustaining the quality health delivery system put in place by the state government, positing that the meeting would enable the government know areas to improve on.
Speaking to Good Health Weekly, Chairman, HEFAMAA, Dr. Omotayo Bello who stated that some safety standards were being abandoned by operators of medical homes at the expense of the citizens, called on all those aggrievedfto channel their grievances to the Agency for appropriate sanctions.
Bello noted that HEFAMMA is a body set up to licence and monitor activities of health facilities, both private and public in the state.
“We have people complaining here and there that they were not well treated in some hospitals and we have sets of punishments and rules for different cadres of facilities. Some are closed down permanently while others are temporarily shut depending on the offence the facility committed.
“Lagosians should also come up with their complaints to the Agency and if investigation is done and the facility is found wanting, we will not fail to punish such facility accordingly.”
“We have closed down so many hospitals this year. We expect people to call on us if they have issues with any hospital. We are concerned on how to promote quality and safety of health delivery services.”
He noted that the objective of the stakeholders’ meeting was also to look at the grey areas and find lasting solution.
Further, the Chairman noted: “State government has done so much in improving the health facilities in the state to the extent that whoever decides to go to the private hospital must definitely know that he or she has to pay because private hospitals are not free.”