TVC N. Mr Segun Olulade, Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Health Services, says the committee will ensure that quacks are flushed out from trado-medical practitioners.
Olulade (APC-Epe II) gave the assurance when he spoke at a parley organised for journalists covering the Assembly in Ikeja on Thursday.
The lawmaker decried the menace of quacks in alternative medicines, and said that “We are getting rid of them,
“We are going to flush those traditional medicine practitioners who claim their medicines solve all ailments.
“I am not comfortable with some media houses that promote fake trado-medical practitioners at the detriment of our people’s health.
“We will flux out people selling all sorts of native medicine across the state because some of these “formulae” are the causative factor for the increasing kidney failure.
“People should desist from them. We will soon start going after them.
“Some of them just have NAFDAC registration to practice only, then they go ahead putting the number on all formula they produce.”
Olulade said that government had created a board to monitor traditional medicine for professionalism and safety of the people.
According to him, once the state Traditional Medicine Board fully becomes operational, the issue of promoting quackery will be adequately curtailed.
Olulade added that the state government would not tolerate sharp practices in public hospitals in the state.
He, however, advised the public to report any errant health workers engaging in unprofessional conduct in the course of their duty to ensure that culprits were brought to book.
“We have phone numbers displayed at all our public hospitals; people should make use of those numbers by sending text messages.
“If anyone of them is found wanting, they will face the music,” Olulade added.
The chairman, who said the challenges facing health sector in the state, included shortage of personnel and poor referral system, noted that the government would engage more hands.
The lawmaker urged patients to make use of Primary Health Centres to reduce crowd at the secondary and tertiary health cares’ providers.