Lagos reviews operating standards for health facilities

The Agency of the Lagos State Ministry of Health, Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency (HEFAMAA) has reviewed basic operating standards for health facilities in the state.

The four-day event, held at the Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos, according to the Executive Secretary of the Agency, Dr. Abiola Idowu is aimed at ensuring best performance by health facilities and also maximise benefits for Lagosians accessing healthcare in the state.

In her welcome address, Idowu disclosed that the standards would serve as a benchmark to measure the services provided by health facilities and a framework for existing facilities to review and improve their service provision.

“In order to maintain the safety and quality of service to patients and provide an environment conducive for staff, these standards serve as a benchmark against which health services can be measured, and a framework for existing facilities to review and improve their service provision,” she said.

She revealed that the agency was established by the Health Sector Reform Law (HSRL) of 2006 with the mandate to regulate and improve the quality of health care delivery in the State by setting the minimum standards and accrediting, inspecting, licensing and registering as well as evaluating health facility performance through monitoring visits and coordinating the collection and dissemination of data on performance indicators.

She explained that the stakeholders at the four-day session reviewed and validated the draft standards for four categories of health facilities including Medical Laboratories, Dental facilities, Diagnostic and Multispecialty 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, Staff Complement, Record Keeping and Advertising.

She stated that, “the standards are considered to be achievable for registration and are presented as ideal standards to which all health facilities and practitioners should aspire as part of their professional responsibility to both patients and staff, consistently maintaining effective and safe care.”

The Executive Secretary further stated that in addition to meeting the standards described above, all private health facilities in the State must possess Certificates of Incorporation issued by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC). The Operating Officer in charge must be a full-time practitioner with at least 5 years post-qualification experience, he must also have a valid license from the relevant regulatory body.

In her remarks, the Chairman, HEFAMAA Board, Dr. Yemisi Solanke-Koya stated that the validated standards will be used by the Agency for the purposes of registration, inspection and monitoring of all health facilities in the State. Solanke-Koya who was represented by a Board member, Mr. Abiodun Hamzat advised owners and operators of the facilities to adhere strictly to the standards to ensure quality delivery of healthcare services to the people.


One of the participants, Chairman, Association of Radiographers of Nigeria, Lagos State Branch Mrs. Opeoluwa Oduwole commended the Agency for deeming it fit to engage stakeholders in the review and validation exercise stressing that the standards will reduce quackery in the system and further strengthen the relationship between the Agency and professional associations in the State’s health sector.

Present at the sessions were the project sponsor, the Resilient and Sustainable Systems for Health (RSSH) component of the Global Fund Grant in the Lagos State Ministry of Health; technical partners, Pharm Access Foundation and Health Systems Consult Limited as well as other stakeholders including development partners, professional regulatory bodies and associations.

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