By Asmau Ahmad with NAN Report
Akwanga (Nasarawa State), Dec. 12, 2014; Community Health Workers in Nasarawa State on Friday signed a partnership with the state government to tackle quackery and enhance professionalism and ethics in the health sector.
The partnership was entered between the Association of Private Proprietors of Clinic, Community Health Wing and the government. Mr Danladi Makpa, the association’s Chairman, announced this during its meeting in Akwanga Local Government Area of the state. He noted that the increasing rate of quackery in the sector has negatively affected the health needs of many Nigerians and the socio-economic development of the country.
Makpa, therefore, advised members of the public to shun medical personnel suspected to be quacks in national interest. “As we are all aware, the aim of this association is to bring community health workers together; to protect our interest and the interest of our nation and to promote professionalism and ethics practices, among our members, to save human lives.”
“The activities of quacks in the health sector have affected the lives of many Nigerians negatively and we will not tolerate fake medical personnel to tarnish the image of the health sector.” He said the activities of quacks would no longer be tolerated and “we will prosecute any quack found in the health sector”.
Makpa said that the association would not hesitate to discipline erring professionals who fell short of standards. He advised members to adhere strictly to medical laid down rules and standards for the benefit of all. Makpa also commended members for their cooperation to the association and called on them not to relent in their efforts in ensuring quality service delivery to the people at the grassroots.