Registrar of the Medical and Dental Council Sierra Leone Dr. Samuel Thorpe, has disclosed that they have closed down some clinics belonging to either Arabs,
Egyptians,Chinese and other nationals while others will soon follow.
He said that in 2008, the mandate of the Council was extended to include the registration, inspection and monitoring of all private health care institutions in the country. During this process, if they discover that any private clinic or health centre that operates without proper registration with the council will be closed, “as they will be operating illegally.”
Therefore, he said, any clinic that operates within the country has to register with the Council with payment of a particular fee and inspection done on the building and license issued to them, so they can operate.
Dr. Thorpe stated that most of these clinics start operations without registering with the Council, as some just jet into the country, rent a building and start operation without even qualified doctors “which is very dangerous to the people.”
The Doctor called on Sierra Leoneans to report about the opening of any clinic or health care in their surrounding because they are short staff and cannot go around the country to find these clinics and health care centres.
By Betty Milton