Posted By: Wale Adepoju On: November 20, 2015 In: Health (THE NATION)
The Association of Medical Ultrasound Practitioners of Nigeria (AMUPN) has condemned the infiltration of its profession by quacks.
According to the association, the have been taken over by quacks.
AMUPN president Dr Femi Olagunju, who spoke at the association’s fourth Annual International Conference in Lagos, entitled: Ultrasound practice in Nigeria: challenges and prospects, said incoherent regulation and inefficient institutional frameworks for enforcement of regulation were the major factors promoting quackery.
He described ultrasound practice in Nigeria as the most abused in the world.
AMUPN, he said, is trying to ensure that ultrasound studies are appropriate and its practice up to international standards.
Besides, improved patients outcomes should always be the aim of any medical services, especially ultrasound.
“No test should be performed unless its result impacts positively on patient-management,” he said.
Olagunju said practitioners should be competent to do an ultrasound test and extract maximum information from it.
“So, for this reason, any medical ultrasound practitioner using ultrasound should be appropriately trained, qualified and registered for the manner in which he uses ultrasound,” he said.
He spoke of the association being at the forefront of the promotion and sustenance of ultrasound standards.
This, he said, was to ensure advocacy and strict adherence to international standards/ best practices.
“We are aware of the fact that ultrasound practice in the country is in a despicable state with reckless and unbridled quackery going on unabated. Ultrasound training centres spring up all over the country without being properly screened and accredited by regulatory agencies of government. Diagnostic ultrasound centres are everywhere, manned by untrained, semi-trained, uncertified/ unlicensed personnel.
Permanent Secretary Lagos State Ministry of Health Dr Modele Osunkiyesi assured the association that the facilities being run by quacks will soon be sealed off.
She said that is why HEFAMA is encouraging stakeholders to come and register with it. “We expect them to have qualified personnel, among others,” she added.
Osunkiyesi, represented by the Executive Secretary, Health Facilities Monitoring Agency (HEFAMA), Dr Mabel Adjekughele said there is a lot of quacks in the field, hence the need to sanitise it.
The perm sec said over 3000 facilities had been registered while some have just applied for theirs.
“There are about 150 diagnostic centres that have reegistered with us. Some have also shown their intention to have their facilities registered with HEFAMA”, she added.