Private Hospital Accreditation: Lagos Health Commissioner, Nigerian Health Minister Conflict

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health Professor Akin Abayomi has conflicted Nigerian Health Minister, Osagie Ehanire on the accreditation of private hospitals to treat the COVID-19 patients.

While Prof Abayomi said the Private hospital in Lagos where Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari died is a government-accredited facility, Dr Ehanire said the Federal Ministry of Health has not accredited any private hospital to treat COVID-19 patients.

Dr Osagie Ehanire
Dr Osagie Ehanire

Ehanire made the statements on Friday during the briefing by Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja. Abayomi disclosed his in a series of tweets on Saturday.

According to the Health Minister, “No accredited private hospital has been approved in Abuja. Lagos is looking at some accredited hospitals. There’s one large hospital in Lagos that has called me and said they want to become a coronavirus treatment centre.

“The structure of the hospital is that they are ready to remove all present patients they have and do nothing but Coronavirus treatment. That would be good because they don’t stand the chance of cross-infection.
“But, at the moment, there is no hospital that has met the criteria.

“Treating of private patients is not allowed. It is risky. Coronavirus is one of the most easily transmitted diseases you can think of. So, it is not allowed to treat Coronavirus privately,” he said.

Ehanire said the private clinics have not met the criteria set by the government, therefore, treating of COVID-19 patients privately is risky and not allowed.

Meanwhile, in a series of tweets on Saturday, Lagos State Commissioner for Health said First Cardiology Consultant in Lagos where Kyari was treated for COVID-19 infection is a biosecurity-compliant COVID-19 facility accredited by the Health Facility Management and Accreditation Agency.

“As a basis for accreditation, First Cardiology Consultants established a separate specialist wing with staff dedicated to the treatment of complicated cases of #COVID-19, under the supervision of the Lagos State #COVID-19 emergency response team,” Professor Abayomi said.

Nigerians had reacted following the death of Mr Kyari that the government flouted health officials’ recommendations by treating Kyari in a private facility in Lagos.

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