Calabar, Cross River State – In a bid to combat the rising cases of medical quackery and other malfeasances in the state, the Commissioner of Health in Cross River State, Dr Egbe Ayuk, has announced the reactivation of the anti-quackery task force on healthcare. This move comes as a response to the alarming rate at which these illicit practices have been occurring.
Dr Ayuk made this known during a visit by a team from the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to his office in Calabar. Expressing his dismay at the situation, he emphasized the need for the state regulatory bodies to be reorganized and retrained, while the anti-quackery task force is relaunched.
The reactivation of the task force is expected to play a crucial role in effectively addressing the wrongdoings in the healthcare sector. Dr Ayuk stated, “In addition to reactivating the anti-quackery task force, we want to invite owners of private hospitals, clinics, maternity centers, pharmacies, patent medicine vendors, and mortuaries, among others, to update their licenses. We hope that they will comply in the true spirit of partnership.”
The leader of the visiting NAFDAC team and coordinator of NAFDAC in Cross River State, Mr Richard Anichuku, expressed gratitude to the State Government for their cooperation with his organization. He also pledged to strengthen the collaboration through training and regular joint operations with stakeholders in Cross River State.
“We would like to strengthen our relationship with the state government through regular joint operations with stakeholders and training,” Mr Anichuku stressed.
The reactivation of the anti-quackery task force is a significant step towards ensuring the provision of quality healthcare services in Cross River State. This move will not only protect the well-being of the residents but also restore trust in the healthcare system.
Medical quackery has been a persistent problem in Nigeria, with unqualified individuals posing as healthcare professionals and endangering the lives of unsuspecting patients. The reinvigorated task force will work diligently to identify and apprehend these impostors, safeguarding the health and safety of the people.
The collaboration between the State Government and NAFDAC is crucial in this fight against healthcare malfeasance. Through joint operations and training, the two entities will be able to pool their resources and expertise to effectively combat this issue.
In recent years, there have been numerous cases of unlicensed medical facilities operating in Cross River State, putting the lives of patients at risk. The retraining of regulatory bodies and the relaunch of the anti-quackery task force will ensure that these illegal practices are swiftly addressed and eliminated.
Owners of private healthcare establishments have been urged to update their licenses to comply with regulations. This call for compliance is not only a legal requirement but also a necessary step towards improving the quality of healthcare services provided in the state. By adhering to licensing regulations, these establishments can demonstrate their commitment to the well-being of their patients.
The reactivation of the anti-quackery task force is a clear indication of the State Government’s determination to prioritize the health and safety of its citizens. It sends a strong message to those involved in medical quackery that their actions will not be tolerated. The task force will be equipped with the necessary resources and authority to identify, investigate, and prosecute offenders.
The collaboration between the State Government and NAFDAC is expected to yield positive results in the fight against healthcare malfeasance. By working together, they can ensure that the healthcare system in Cross River State is free from unqualified practitioners and operates at the highest standard.
As the reactivated task force begins its operations, the residents of Cross River State can have confidence in the healthcare services provided. The State Government is committed to creating an environment where patients can receive quality care from qualified professionals.
With the combined efforts of the State Government, NAFDAC, and other stakeholders, Cross River State is taking a significant step towards eradicating medical quackery and ensuring the well-being of its citizens. The reinvigorated anti-quackery task force will serve as a deterrent to those engaging in illicit healthcare practices and will contribute to the overall improvement of the healthcare sector in the state.
As the fight against healthcare malfeasance continues, the residents of Cross River State can rest assured that their health and safety are being prioritized. The reactivation of the anti-quackery task force is a clear indication of the State Government’s commitment to providing quality healthcare services and protecting the well-being of its citizens.