PERMANENT Secretary, Health and Hospital Monitoring, Oyo State Ministry of Health, Mrs Mubo Obasa, has said that registered nurses have the legal rights to establish and run private clinics.
Mrs Obasa made the statement at a seminar organised for members of the Association of General Private Nursing Practitioners recently.
According to her, a properly trained nurse who had been duly registered by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria and had a minimum of five years working experience could set up a clinic to treat minor heath cases, warning that such clinics should always refer cases beyond their limitation to general hospitals.
Also speaking on the occasion, Director, Secondary Health Care and Training, Oyo State Ministry of Health, Dr Taiwo Belo, appealed to all the private nursing practitioners in the country to always refrain from health issues beyond their medical strength.
According to him, nurses should only practice what they were trained for, adding that Oyo State government was set to sanitise health services sector.
Dr Taiwo Olawale, Oyo State chairman and national vice-president of the association, stated that the body would not relent in its efforts to get rid of quackry in the profession.
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