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Lagos Seals Off Two Traditional Birth Attendant Centres

The Lagos State Traditional Medicine Board has sealed two traditional birth attendant facilities for flouting practice regulations.

The facilities were sealed during an operation of the board to combat non-compliance with the code of conduct of traditional medicine practice in the state, according to a statement on the government’s official website.

The two traditional birth attendant facilities found wanting were sealed at No. 58, Willoughby Street, Ebute-Metta and 12, Ogunnaike Street, Agege, area of the state.

Speaking during the enforcement operation, Mrs Adams Aisha, who led LSTMB’s inspectorate team, said the facilities were sealed to protect public health and safety in the state.

She said the inspectorate team mobilised personnel of the Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Corps to ensure swift and effective response to protect the well-being of Lagosians.

According to Adams, the Board strives to protect the public from unscrupulous traditional medicine practitioners and promote the responsible use of traditional medicine for the benefit of all through continuous clampdown and ongoing initiatives.

She said, “The Board’s operation is rooted in its commitment to create a structured Traditional Medicine practice that is respected, standardised, documented, modernised and protected.”

Adams, therefore, urged practitioners and the public to collaborate in upholding the best standards, while prioritising the well-being of patients seeking treatments.

The Lagos government had on Sunday said it would impose sanctions on traditional medical practitioners operating in the state who fail to register their business with the traditional medicine board.

The LSTMB Registrar, Babatunde Adele, made this known in a statement on 21st of January.

The government ordered all traditional, complementary, and alternative medicine practitioners to regularise their registration by visiting the head office of the agency on or before Friday, 6th of February, 2024.

“The order for registration was necessitated owing to the increasing and unbearable level of quackery in the field of traditional, complementary, and alternative medicine,” Adele had said.


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