Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Ilyasu Ahmed
The Ogun State Commissioner of Police , Ahmed Illiyasu , has said ritual killers source body parts from operators of illegal health facilities .
Illayasu spoke on Monday at the Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the Ogun State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association in Abeokuta , Ogun State .
The police boss , who was represented by the Officer – In – Charge of Medicals , Ogun State Police Command , DSP Shola Oguntoye , said , “ Quackery in the health sector is bigger than what we all think and that is why it must be addressed .
Ritual killers now connive with quacks to source body parts for their activities. The danger they pose is more than what we can imagine . We take patients to the nearest hospitals when accidents occur; we need to know which hospital is accredited or not so that we can save lives during emergencies . ”
The state NMA Chairman , Dr Abayomi Olajide , said despite the association ’ s efforts to rid Ogun of quacks , they still existed , especially on the outskirts of the state .
The NMA chairman said the theme of the conference, ‘ Anti – quackery : A Seemingly Unending Battle , ’ was chosen to seek more collaboration with law enforcement agencies , the media and other stakeholders in the sector on how best to tackle the menace .
In his keynote address , Consultant Psychiatrist at the Neuropsychiatric Hospital , Aro , Abeokuta , Dr Adegboyega Ogunwale, who described quacks as charlatans , called on the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria to ensure that offenders were prosecuted to deter others who might want to engage in the illegal business .
Ogunwale also urged his colleagues to stop engaging unqualified personnel in their clinics .
According to him , such persons often understudied doctors to set up illegal centres .
He said , “ You don ’ t engage auxiliary nurses and say you are going to train them. It is not apprenticeship . ”