•Owner vows legal action •I am against quackery, says whistleblower
CHOICE Clinic and Maternity in Agbarho, Ughelli North Local Government of Delta State, has been shut for operating illegally.
Health Commissioner Health Dr. Mordi Ononye said the facility was sealed up because the ‘clinic has not been properly licensed’.
This followed a video, which surfaced online at the weekend, showing teenage boys receiving training as auxiliary nurses. The video was shared by Stephen Akatugba.
But clinic owner Dr. Choice Onojome disputed reports he was operating illegally.
He threatened legal action against Akatugba for accusing him of breeding quacks.
A visit by The Nation on Saturday confirmed the sealed stamp at the clinic’s entrance. Onojome denied knowing any of the boys in the video. He described it as a ‘set up’.
According to him, Akatugba threatened to deal with him for refusing to treat his relative for a cheap fee.
Onojome, scheduled to face a panel in Asaba, said COVID-19 prevented him from getting his license.
“I applied for license and the process is on. Because of COVID-19, the licensing officials could not visit me but as soon as everything is over, they will come and accredit us,” he said. Onojome added that the clinic had four active registered nurses.
But Akatugba disputed claims he had problems with the doctor. He said Onojome might have concocted the story to enable him get bail from the police.
Akatugba explained he did the video as part of his effort to combat quackery in the nursing profession.
He said: “We have been trying to fight quackery in nursing. The doctor cannot say he does not know what he is doing. Before posting the video, I contacted a colleague in the area who said the doctor had been confronted on the issue…”