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AVOIDABLE MATERNAL DEATHS – OGUN STATE GOVERNMENT ACTS
The Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, ordered the closure of Shepherd Clinic and Maternity, Ayo Ni Medical Centre and Dayo Maternity Home, in Ifo Local Government Area of the state following the death of two pregnant women who bled to death when they were attended to by quack doctors.
The commissioner decried what he called the criminal and inhuman activities of quack doctors, adding that government had since commenced the registration and re-validation exercise for all private hospitals in the state.
Dr Ipaye stated that no fewer than 43 private health facilities have been shut for non-compliance with the exercise in recent times.
He urged the people of the state to heed government’s warning by desisting from patronizing quacks and unlicensed health facilities, and that members of the public should report any activity of quack doctors in their communities or call the hotline of the Department of Hospital.
Nigeria has the second highest number of women dying as a result of pregnancy complications. Most of these deaths are avoidable.
The Nigerian health service commission makes a plea to pregnant women to attend trained doctors and midwives in hospitals.
The quack doctors should be reported to the police and prosecuted for manslaughter.
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