The crime was uncovered by a supervisory team of the State Ministry of
Health in collaboration with the Association of Nigeria Nurses and
Midwives (NANNM) while monitoring the level of compliance of the
re-validation and registration exercise of health facilities in the
Chairman of NANNM, Roseline Solarin who disclosed this during an
interview added that the fake doctor was also discovered to have
organised a graduation ceremony for a fake nurse.
She, however reiterated the readiness of the professional body to lead
the fight against quackery in the health sector.
"This particular suspect conducted a graduation ceremony for a fake
nurse. Let me assure that the NANNM is now fully ready to cooperate
with the State Government in the fight against quackery in the State
Any nurses or doctor found practicing without the prerequisite
certificate would be arrested and prosecuted" Solarin said.
While commending the state government for taking bold steps in
fighting quackery in the health sector, Solarin lamented that fake
doctors and nurses are gradually taking over the profession but warned
that anyone caught practicing without the prerequisite certificate
would be prosecuted and shown the way out of the system.
Reacting to the development, the
declared that government was ready to combat quackery in the health
sector to a standstill, expressing regret that a large number of
unsuspecting members of the public had been victims of this practice
Ipaye declared that the state would not be a comfort zone for quack
health personnel, warning that any health facility caught operating
with fake documents or not having the new approved signboards by the
state government would be dealt with in accordance with the laws of
"I want to urge members of the public to always patronize approved
health facilities that have signboards with the new colour and coded
number, which can offer them better and qualitative health care
"The Governor has mandated officials of the Ministry to arrest and
prosecute anyone found operating facilities with fake documents" Ipaye
To send the right signal in this direction, over 60 illegal health
facilities were shut down in different parts of the state during
similar monitoring exercises in 2016.