Health Ministry Reminds Operators Of Private Clinics On Registration

T he commissioner for health has stressed on the need for medical practitioners to ensure that all private health facilities in the state are duly registered with the Ministry of Health. Professor Augustine Umoh, who stated this during a management meeting of the ministry held in his office recently, explained that such facilities would only be authorised to render services to the public after they might have met criteria as led down by the ministry. He held that Governor Udom Emmanuel was particular that every Akwa Ibom person had access to healthcare that meets world best standards. Umoh pointed out that there was need to call on every facility that had been previously registered to renew their statues even as new ones were expected to do fresh registration within the first quarter of 2021. He added that conditions at the facilities must be optimum before licences could be renewed. The commissioner also stressed the need to set up a task force that would enforce the inspection of the facilities as well as enforce their closure where they failed short of the expectations. The don said that, these facilities included: private clinics, pharmacies, laboratories, maternity homes and any place where health services are rendered. He further emphasized the need to hold regular meetings to guide the operations of the health sector in the New Year. Also at the meeting, the director for public health, Dr. Godfrey Akro who briefed the management of the feats of his directorate in 2020, said that the directorate which made up about 65 per cent of the manpower of the ministry was at the forefront of the battle to contain the Coronavirus Disease in the last year. He maintained that the commitment contributed in no small measure to the successful case management that was recorded by the state. Speaking on the second wave, the director gave his assurance that the state would not be overwhelmed but was quick to add that containing the virus was a collective responsibility of every member of the public. Akro observed that the state would be safe if every person paid keen attention to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID19) preventive protocols

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