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Crackdown on illegal clinics begins

By Vision Reporter

Added 5th March 2010 03:00 AM

THE Ministry of Health on Tuesday launched a joint inspection exercise against unlicensed clinics offering medical services, as well as unqualified people operating as medical personnel.

THE Ministry of Health on Tuesday launched a joint inspection exercise against unlicensed clinics offering medical services, as well as unqualified people operating as medical personnel.

By Raymond Baguma

THE Ministry of Health on Tuesday launched a joint inspection exercise against unlicensed clinics offering medical services, as well as unqualified people operating as medical personnel.

The operation is jointly coordinated by the Medical and Dental Practitioners Council, the Allied Health Professionals Council as well as the Nurses’ Council.

Dr. John Ndiku, the coordinator of the exercise, said the ministry took action following public outcry and complaints from medical practitioners about unqualified people treating patients.

The operation started in Bwaise, Kyebando and areas surrounding Mulago hospital.

The exercise is aimed at verifying the location of clinics, ownership, license status of practitioners, registration status of clinics as well as suitability of premises.

The team is also examining medical record-keeping, hand-washing facilities, and disposal of medical waste.

According to the ministry, there are 910 licensed clinics in Kampala. Of these, 193 are located in Kawempe, 206 in Makindye, 205 in Rubaga, 166 in the central division and 140 Nakawa.

The teams discovered that some clinics operate in dirty environments, use dirty equipment and dispose of medical waste poorly. The clinics also lack referral systems for patients who are severely ill.

The teams also discovered that some of the practitioners possessed expired practicing and clinic operational licenses.

Crackdown on illegal clinics begins

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