The Private Health Institution Management Agency, PHIMA, an agency under the Kano State Ministry of Health, on Tuesday, shut down Dukawa Dispensary Clinic in Dala local government area for operating without a license.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the clinic, situated in Gobirawa Quarters, had been operating for about eight years.
A statement by Sama’ila Gwammaja, the spokesman of the ministry, said the clinic was closed down during the agency’s routine inspection and supervision aimed at checkmating the activities of private health institutions in the state.
According to him, the health facility was operating in an untidy environment, adding that the move became necessary in order to safeguard the lives of people in the area.
He said the issue came to the limelight when the Executive Secretary of the agency, Dr Usman Aliyu, expressed worries on how some private medical outfits were not giving due attention to human lives in the course of their operations.
“Dr Aliyu was saying this when he visited Dukawa Dispensary and find out that the clinic is conducting clinical services which is above their standard and unethical to medical practice.
“Dr Aliyu further said the closure of this dispensary followed the tip and signal they received from the community, and lauded the community for their understanding and wise decision to inform the agency about the unethical practice carried out by Dukawa Dispensary clinic.
The ES, therefore, urged the people to be alive to the happenings around them, especially on matters of health because of its sensitivity,” the statement reads in part.
“He restated the agency’s readiness to continue with the surprise inspection and supervision of any private facility in the state without any preferential treatment.
“He also commended the present administration for its passion to sanitize the activities of private institutions according to the ethics of the profession and laid down rules,” the statement added.