Lagos Govt Closes VEDIC Lifecare Hospital For Employing Unlicensed Foreign Doctors.
The State Government shut down Vedic Lifecare hospital for employing unlicensed foreign doctors.
The hospital in Lekki was shut down for employing four unlicensed expatriates. Three of them are doctors and one is a nurse.
The Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency (HEFAMAA) closed the facility on Tuesday, November 3.
The Executive Secretary of the Agency, Abiola Idowu confirmed that this report. She explained that the certificates of the expatriates had not been approved locally.
“The facility was shut down for engaging three foreign doctors and a nurse with unverified certificates and without licences from any professional body,” she said.
Idowu explained that the closure will not affect patients already on admission.
The Secretary said that the agency learned the facility is engaging Foreign-Based Transient Medical Doctors, FBTMD.
The doctors come to stay for a period of time, treat some patients before returning to their various countries.
Yemisi Solanke-Koya, the chairperson of the agency also raised concern about their credentials.
She addressed the problem of these expatriates credentials and experiences meeting up to the standard of the agency.
Solanke-Koya also warned hospitals to desist from using expatriates with unverified credentials. She warned them to desist from using expatriates whose credentials have not been verified by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN).
Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi has directed the agency to take charge of this issue.
According to Solanke-Koya, Abayomi said the agency should implement a policy that will oversee the FBTMDs. By ensuring that they are approved by the MDCN to practice medicine in the country.
She said the approval must be registered with the HEFAMAA before they begin medical practice in Lagos. This is to protect the health of Lagosians.
Source: The Cable