In conjunction with the Anambra State Government, the Anambra State Chapter of the Association of Radiographers Nigeria (ARN) has agreed to phase out unprofessionalism in the state.
Comrade Ifeanyi Ozioko, the head of the Association in the state, initiated the program of activities.
According to him, the decision was essential due to public and professional complaints about the advancement in fraudulent and sharp practices in some health facilities and diagnostic institutes, which he claimed was detrimental to the efficient delivery of public services to the humankind
Associated health professionals have formed a team to ensure proper supervision and implementation.
The group is housed in the Medical Support Services department of the Anambra State Ministry of Health, which comprises Medical Radiography, Medical Laboratory, Medical Rehabilitation, Dental Technology, Nutrition and Dietetics, Health records, etc.
Lady Apolonia Okeke, the MSS’s director, was recently inaugurated by Dr. Vincent Okpala, the state’s commissioner of health.
The commissioner during the inauguration said that quack medicine and false practices needed to be stopped and that health care should be viewed as a business that involved human lives
Media reports in Enugu cited Ozioko as saying that stakeholders have agreed “to work as a team to curb quackery in private and public settings.
“To embark on public enlightenment through jingles on a radio station to curb quackery”, Ozioko added.
“Periodic inspections, monitoring, ethical quality assurance, and accreditation to improve quality of services;
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“Supervision of facilities under MSS to be done by professional Associations and MSS monitoring committee that was set up by the Director MSS department, Lady Apolonia Okeke after the inaugural meeting Who are stakeholders from the various professions”.
He also urged all those operating without the necessary certificates or manpower to reassess their actions or risk facing the full force of the law.
He said, “We are using this medium to caution all those bringing a bad image to the profession to rethink. We will no longer sit by and watch them dent the good reputation of this noble profession.
“So, we are by this press statement advising them to ensure a standardization of their services to avoid facing embarrassment from the enforcement team”.