The Lagos State Government has arrested a woman, Olufunke Adegbenro, for allegedly practicing with a fake licence as a nurse at the Isolo General Hospital.
Mrs. Adegbenro was employed by the Lagos State Health Service Commission in July, 2021.Adegbenro was caught during one of the audit and verification exercises carried out by HSC in partnership with the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives.The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Health Service Commission, Dr. Muyiwa Eniayewun disclosed this in a press statement signed by the Director of Public Affairs, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Mr Tunbosun Ogunbanwo.
Dr. Eniayewun said, “Adegbenro has been practicing with fake certificates and professional license. She forged a Bachelor of Nursing degree from Ladoke Akintola University Ogbomosho, a National Youth Service discharge certificate, a registered Nurse Certificate, and a practicing license of Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria.“Her appointment has been terminated and she has been handed over to the Nigeria Police Force for further investigation and prosecution. We hope this will serve as a deterrent to other quacks,” Eniayewun said.While assuring that the Health Service Commission will continue to ensure that only qualified human resources are employed and deployed to state-owned health facilities, the Permanent Secretary said the government will not relent in its efforts of providing quality health care services to teeming Lagosians through highly motivated professionals.
“There is no hiding place for quacks and unqualified health workers in Lagos State, we are more determined now more than ever to fish and flush them out,” he said.The government, however, warned quacks and unqualified applicants to stay clear of the ongoing health workers recruitment exercise being conducted by the HSC or risk arrest and possible jail term.Eniayewun said due diligence and investigation would be conducted on the application and credentials of all applicants at every stage of the exercise stressing that only qualified candidates would be employed.He said, “The health sector is a sensitive sector where we cater for lives, as such, we have no tolerance for quackery and malpractices where human lives are involved.
“Any candidates who applied for any of the advertised positions and hoping to get employed to the State public service with fake, forged or doctored credentials should rethink their decision and opt-out now while they can or risk being caught and made to face the law.“Even after this exercise, we will continue with our due diligence for shortlisted and employed candidates; this, we have been doing in collaboration with all the health professionals bodies and associations including through our regulatory agencies”.Eniayewun also disclosed that the HSC in partnership with various health professional bodies and associations is currently carrying out a professional staff audit and verification exercise for all health workers in the State Government employment as part of its zero-tolerance for quackery and malpractices.
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