Lagos Health Agency Validates Health Facility Registration Standards
The Lagos State Healthcare Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency has validated standards for the registration of healthcare facilities in the state.
According to a statement from the agency’s public relations officer, Mr. Muyideen Uthman, HEFAMAA recently held a four-day meeting to review and validate the baseline standards for health facilities in the state.
The statement quoted the Agency’s Executive Secretary, Dr Abiola Idowu, as saying the standards would serve as a benchmark against which to measure the services provided by healthcare facilities and a framework for existing facilities to review and improve their service delivery. services.
She said: “In order to maintain the safety and quality of patient services and to provide an enabling environment for staff, these standards serve as a benchmark against which health services can be measured and a framework by which existing facilities can review and improve their service. arrangement.”
Idowu noted that the agency was created by the State Health Sector Reform Act of 2006 with a mandate to regulate and improve the quality of health care delivery by setting minimum standards and accrediting, inspecting, licensing and registering as well as evaluating the performance of health facilities through monitoring visits and coordinating the collection and dissemination of data on performance indicators.
She explained that stakeholders at the four-day session reviewed and validated draft standards for four categories of healthcare facilities, including medical laboratories, dental facilities, diagnostic and multi-specialty diagnostic centers. Each of the draft standards has several sections, including physical/work environment, work sections, equipment and equipment maintenance, guidelines, infection control and medical waste management, l staffing, record keeping and advertising.
“The standards are considered achievable for registration and are presented as ideal standards to which all healthcare institutions and practitioners should aspire as part of their professional responsibility to patients and staff, consistently maintaining effective and safe,” Idowu said.
The Executive Secretary said that in addition to meeting the standards outlined above, all private health facilities in the state must have certificates of incorporation issued by the Corporate Affairs Commission.
“The Responsible Operations Officer must be a full-time practitioner with at least five years of post-qualification experience; he must also have a valid license from the relevant regulatory body,” she added.
In addition, HEFAMAA Chairman of the Board, Dr. Yemisi Solanke-Koya, said the validated standards would be used by the agency for registration, inspection and monitoring of all health facilities. state health.
Solanke-Koya, who was represented by a member of the board, Mr. Abiodun Hamzat, advised the owners and operators of the facilities to strictly adhere to the standards to ensure the delivery of quality health services to the people.