40 Health Technology Institutions Shut Down In Benue State
The government of Benue State has shut down some 40 illegal Schools of Health Technology.
The information was made known by the State Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr Cecillia Ojabo, who said that the Benue State had closed the schools in order to rid the state of the operations of quacks.
Ojabo decried the rampant operation of illegal Schools of Health Technology in the State, saying that Benue State had the highest number of schools of health technology in the entire country.
She explained further that the ministry had needed to set up a committee to tackle the issue of quackery after the state had received a public outcry on the threats posed by the operation of quack health personnel from the illegal institutions.
Ojabo, explaining that while the proprietors of the institutions had failed to meet the requirements for establishing such institutions, also said that products of such illegal schools of health technology had been found running illegal clinics where surgical operations were carried out.
The health commissioner lamented the loss of several lives in rural communities in the state due to the illegal activities of the quack.
“We set up a committee to move round all the communities in the state due to public outcry about the illegal activities of these quacks, we learnt that those illegal schools of health technology train people who later open clinics and carry out surgical operation”.
“Many of these people in the process of carrying out their illegal activities killed the unsuspecting patients while those who are lucky to survive have their reproductive system destroyed in the guise of treating them for infertility”.
Ojabo said that the commissioner, who said that the exercise would be an ongoing one, said that the ministry was set to ensure the provision of better services to citizens of the state.
She commended the governor of the state, Samuel Ortom, for his contribution towards raising the standard of healthcare in Benue State.