Doctor, others flee as health officials storm hospital, discover baby factory
Anambra Government has Sealed St Norbert Hospital ,Amansea, in Awka North Local Government Area of the state over unprofessional practices, including baby factory.
Our correspondent gathered that the hospital was sealed on Friday by a team of state government officials from the State Ministry of Health.
A source in the ministry said,”The hospital, Saint Norbert Hospital in Amansea, Awka North Local Government Area of the state was sealed on Friday by a team of state government officials from the State Ministry of Health.
“The team led by the Commissioner for Health, Dr Afam Obidike sealed the hospital after forensic investigations revealed illegal activities being carried out at the medical facility by one of the doctors (name withheld), who is currently at large.
Speaking on the development shortly after sealing the hospital, the Health Commissioner said security operatives had launched a manhunt to arrest the fleeing doctor and his accomplices.
Obidike maintained that the state government was committed to fighting all forms of quackery in the health sector of the state, stressing that it will no longer be “business as usual” for unprofessional healthcare practitioners in the state.
According to the Commissioner, the state ministry of health in its discreet investigation discovered that several patients lost their lives at Saint Norbert Hospital as a result of unprofessional and illegal conduct of the doctor.
He further said the hospital was not registered with the state government, and therefore vowed to ensure that the fleeing doctor alongside others who are culpable are brought to book after the completion of necessary investigations.
Obidike said “The state government has declared the said doctor, who is currently on the run ‘wanted’ and the security operatives are currently on his trail.
“The government of Prof. Chukwuma Soludo is currently working towards strengthening the health system of the state as a way of restoring people’s confidence in government-owned hospitals.
“The state is about to institute Anambra State Health Facilities Monitoring and Accreditation Agency, an agency which will be responsible for the monitoring of activities of healthcare personnel, hospitals, and as well get responses, compliants from the public on the quality of health services issues in their localities.”