The Task Force on Counterfeit and Fake Drugs have arrested a fake medical practitioner, Olowolayemo Ifetayo Williams for allegedly operating an illegal hospital in Akure, the Ondo State capital.
Olowolayemo was arrested during the monitoring exercise of the Task Force set up by the state government to check counterfeit drugs, hospitals and drug dispensary.
Olowolayemo was operating an illicit hospital and admitting patients under the guise of a patient medicine store.
He operated the hospital known as Olowolayemo Excel Medicine Store located around Tiper Garage Arakale Akure.
Various control and banned drugs, injections such as Enagin were found in his possession, in the filthy environment where he was suspected to have been carrying out various nefarious activities.
Some of his activities included administering of drips, transfusing blood with wrong instruments, injecting his victims with banned and dangerous injections and disposal of Medical wastes in an unlawful manner.
Olowolayemo who qas paraded by the officials of the State Ministry of Health was handed over to law enforcement for prosecution.
Speaking after the parade of the fake medical practitioner, the State Government vowed to deal decisively with quarks, fake and counterfeit drug dealers in the state.
The commissioner for health, Dr Wahab Adegbenro said the government holds dear the lives of residents and would not allow anybody toil with it in the name of making money.
Adegbenro said the government would not hesitate to prosecute those operating hospitals under the guise of Patient Medicine Store and endangering the lives of residents.
The commissioner was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr Dipo Durojaye who briefed the media after a monitoring exercise by the Task Force on Counterfeit and Fake Drugs in Akure.
He advised residents to be careful where they seek medicare as there are accredited facilities all around where they can seek Medicare when the need arises.
The Health commissioner also warned quarks and fake drugs dealers that it would not be business as usual while appealing to patient medicine dealers to play the game by the rules.