16,554 health facilities to be shut down from April 1 over licence issues

16,554 health facilities to be shut down from April 1 over licence issues

- Over 16, 000 health facilities will be shut down if they are not properly licensed by HeFRA

- According to board chairman of the HeFRA, Nana Otuo Acheampong facilities that have not yet received the licence have up to March 31 to begin the processes

The Heath Facilities Regulatory Agency (HeFRA) has cautioned over 16, 000 health facilities to be licensed by April 1 or risk being shut down.

Both the private and public sector health facilities are required by law to seek licence from HeFRA to ensure that the facilities conform to standards before being allowed to operate.

Board chairman of the HeFRA, Nana Otuo Acheampong revealed this Wednesday, January 24, 2018 during a tour of four health facilities in Accra.

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Korle- Bu Teaching Hospital Source: Supplied
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According to him, facilities that have not yet received the licence have up to March 31, 2019 to begin the processes or face a shut down.

“Those who do not meet the 31st March deadline risk being closed down, and we have said that over and over again,” Nana Otuo Acheampong stated.

He described as unfortunate, the failure of the facilities to acquire the licence.

He indicated the process was simple and urged all the operators of the unlicensed facilities to ensure they apply for the licence before the deadline.

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Out of the 18,000 health facilities dotted around the country, only 1,446 have so far secured the licence to operate from HeFRA, according to 3news reports.

The LEKMA Hospital in Teshie and Gokals Opticals were among the facilities visited which had not yet applied for the HeFRA licence.

Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital had initiated the process but was yet to conclude to receive the licence. CEO of the hospital Dr. Daniel Asare was optimistic his outfit will meet the deadline for accreditation.

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