The Minister of Health, Dr. Tunji Alausa, has expressed concern about the prevalence of quacks in the health industry, linking them to the disturbing practice of organ harvesting in Nigeria.

Minister of Health
Minister of Health

He revealed that the Federal Government is planning to introduce legislation to regulate the healthcare sector, aiming to eliminate quacks and enhance service delivery.

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Dr. Alausa emphasized the need to address untrained individuals operating within the health sector and highlighted the negative consequences, such as organ harvesting, that arise from the presence of quacks.

He disclosed plans to establish a Health Facility Regulatory Commission at the federal level to oversee healthcare standards across the country, urging states to create their regulatory bodies.

Furthermore, the minister mentioned the Federal Government’s initiative to increase the production of healthcare providers, including admitting 10,000 medical students annually and expanding nurse admissions from 28,000 to 68,000.

He discussed the Sectoral Approach Programme launched by President Bola Tinubu, allocating funds for Basic Health Provision, Primary Healthcare Centres, National Health Insurance, and Emergency Services.

During his courtesy visit to the governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, Dr. Alausa emphasized the importance of strengthening the relationship between the federal and state governments to enhance healthcare delivery.

Governor Abiodun pledged to replicate federal efforts at the state level, particularly in regulating medical practitioners to prevent quackery.

He assured support for President Tinubu’s healthcare agenda and acknowledged the significance of having adequate health facilities and qualified personnel in Ogun State.

The minister of health’s visit aimed to explore ways to collaborate with state governments to improve healthcare services and implement the federal government’s mandate to revitalize the healthcare delivery system in Nigeria.