Ogun State Government has warned quacks, who paraded themselves as medical practitioners within the State to desist, as government would deal with anyone caught in the act.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Adesanya Ayinde, gave the warning while speaking at an entrepreneurial training for final year students of the School of Nursing, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta.
Dr. Ayinde lamented that the untoward practice could lead to loss of lives and make victim perform below usual ability, noting that the medical field was multi-faceted enough for practitioners.
According to him, “government knows how to knock out quacks with the long hand of the law. It is therefore, a responsibility for various stakeholders to collaborate with the present administration to get them out of the State”.
The Permanent Secretary, who commended the leadership of the School for the training said, it would make the student-nurses to have an alternative source of income upon graduation.
In her remark, the Principal of the School, Mrs. Dele Alonge, called on the public to desist from patronising unskilled health workers, pointing out that whoever wishes to become medical practitioner should take the pain to go through training.
She noted that entrepreneurial skills was brought into the curriculum of the school by the regulatory body to equip the nurses with additional skill.
Speaking in an interview, two of the final year student nurses, Eniola Taoheed and Gbenga Akinbona, expressed satisfaction with the course, saying it would afford them a source of livelihood while awaiting employment in their professional calling.
The students were trained in soap making, catering, head gear making and make-up.