NMA Taraba sets up committee to check quackery


The Nigerian Medical Association in Taraba State said on Friday it has set up a special committee to check the activities of quacks in the profession.

The chairman of the association, Dr. Bako Ali, disclosed this at the press conference to mark this year’s Nigerian Medical Association week in Jalingo.

Ali noted that despite the depreciated number of doctors, the association in Taraba frowns at quackery and the rate of proliferation of clinics without recourse to set standards.

“We frown at the proliferation of clinics that, in most cases, cause more harm than good to society. NMA Taraba has zero tolerance for that. We will not bring down standards, even though the physicians are few.


“All practices concerning human health are regulated. No one should shy away from that. The current monitoring by the Committee on Monitoring and Anti-quackery unit of the Nigerian Medical Association is a step towards curbing this menace.”

Ali called on medical practitioners to take advantage of the tertiary institutions in the state, such as the Federal University Wukari Teaching Hospital, the Federal Medical Centre Jalingo, the Specialist Hospital Jalingo, and the Orthopaedic Hospital, to update their knowledge.

The NMA chairman called on the government and the health care providers to address the challenges in the sector, improve the welfare package of health care workers, and provide standard infrastructure that will make work easy and reduce burnout.

He also commended Governor Agbu Kefas for taking several proactive steps in repositioning the health sector in the state for the good of the people and called on parents and guardians to present their girl children aged 9 to 14 for vaccination against the Human Papilloma Virus for the prevention of cervical cancer in women.

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