NASARAWA: State Govt. shuts down 12 clinics over poor service delivery

The Nasarawa Ministry of Health has closed down 12
private clinics over failure to meet basic standards of

Dr John Damina, the Head of Inspectorate Unit in the
ministry, told newsmen on Monday in Lafia that the closure
of the clinics followed unscheduled visits to the facilities.

Damina said that many of the clinics shut were operating
beyond their scope thereby giving room for quackery in the
health sector.

He said some of the clinics were also being operated in
unhealthy environment , adding that this was unacceptable.

According to him, the inspection exercise is aimed at
regulating the operations of the private clinics in order to
safeguard the health of the people.

He advised owners of private clinics in the state to always
seek clarification from the health ministry, saying they
complement the state government in meeting the health
care needs of the people.

Damina said the health ministry had clearly stipulated the
conditions for operating different health facilities as well as
the basic qualification for all operators.

He urged operators of private clinics in the state to always
operate within their scope and refer cases beyond them to
the appropriate health facility for adequate care.

Damina also urged the operators to upgrade their facilities
regularly in order to meet the health needs of the people.