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NMA Abia chapter calls for verification of practitioners' license to fish out quacks

By The Citizen


The Abia chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) on Monday called for the verification of practitioners' license to fish out quacks.

The Chairman of the chapter, Dr Onwuchekwa Nwokocha, made the call in an interview with newsmen in Aba.

Nwokocha spoke against the back drop of the use of hospitals as feeder posts for social miscreants engaged in child-trafficking in the state.

He said the verification would help save residents from many quacks operating without proper certification.

'The public should also know that some of the people who practise medicine now are not medical doctors.

“And so, I urge the people to verify the status of the doctors they consult.

'We have a website, a medical register and an office in Aba where people can check on the status of doctors,'' he said.

Nwokocha charged the people to volunteer useful information which could help the body to check practitioners against 'medical negligence'.

'It is members of the public who think they have been treated unfairly by their medical practitioners that should petition to let the NMA know the quacks in practice.

'Members of the public who have one complaint or another against medical practitioners or quacks should report to the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) directly or through the NMA,' he said.

He said the MDCN had the appropriate machinery to investigate a doctor and sanction him appropriately if found culpable.

He said the NMA was committed to bringing sanity in the medical profession the state and Aba in particular.