NMA closes illegal medical facility, arrests one in Cross River

NEWS DIGEST–The Nigerian Medical Association in Cross River State has shut down a medical facility in Yala Local Government Area in its ongoing fight against quackery in the state.

The NMA Chairman in the state, Dr Agam Ayuk, disclosed this on Wednesday in Calabar in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria.

He said that the clinic in Ugaga village was shut after an inspection visit to the facility.

Ayuk, who led members of the association, including the Secretary, Dr Ezoke Epoke on the inspection, told NAN that the association had received incessant complaints about medical quackery in the area.

He said that when NMA stormed the facility, they met a lady, Mrs Rosemary, who claimed to be a Community Health Extension Worker.

Ayuk told NAN that Erimma-Okwoche was central to the running of the facility with a medical doctor from Benue State who was said to visit the centre periodically.

“The attention of NMA was drawn to the illegal medical practices carried out by unqualified medical personnel in an unregistered private facility in Ugaga village in Yala Local Government.

“The spot assessment of the facility revealed the deplorable and substandard state of the centre. Two poorly managed patients were seen, one of them with fresh surgical abdominal scars.

“Further interrogation revealed a lady, Mrs Rosemary, an acclaimed CHEW who is central to the running of the facility with an acclaimed doctor from Benue State, who is said to visit the centre periodically.

“The lady was apprehended by the police and the facility closed down indefinitely,’’ he said.

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