Osun threatens to withdraw licenses of private hospital owners who refuse to comply with COVID-19 protocols

August 9, 2021
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The Osun State Government on Monday threatened to withdraw operating licences of private hospitals owners who refuse to comply with the COVID-19 protocols in the state.

The state commissioner for Information and Strategies, Mrs Funke Egbemode who handed over the warning in a statement in Osogbo, added that non-compliance to the rules could also lead to the shutting down of their hospitals.

According to the statement, “The Governor and the Government of the State of Osun are deeply concerned about emerging tragic outcomes resulting from professional infractions by some medical facilities and lackadaisical attitude of citizens towards the Covid-19 pandemic, which is still very much around more deadly than what it was in its first and second waves.

“Having examined the rising effects of Covid-19 in the state in recent times, the Government of the State of Osun is worried that in spite of the various measures taken to ensure the safety of its citizens, some individuals and institutions have continued to aid the spread of the virus through their flagrant disregard for government’s guidelines.“The State Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation and lead of the Risk Communication team of Covid-19 Management, Funke Egbemode, expressed these concerns in a statement made available at the weekend.

“The government hereby warns private hospitals to stop attempting to manage Covid-19 cases in their facilities. Also, rapid Covid-19 tests should be incorporated into preliminary medical examinations for patients, and quick referrals should be made to designated (government) facilities set up to manage Covid-19 cases when tests return positive. Private hospitals who go against this directive shall have their establishments shut and the owners’ operating licenses withdrawn.” The statement said.

“The government also urged residents to continue to observe the non-pharmaceutical protocols against Covid-19.

“Residents are enjoined not to drop their guards against the virus. Let us wear our masks, and wash our hands regularly with soap or use alcohol-based sanitiser regularly. Let us avoid crowded environments and also be deliberate about boosting our immunities.”

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