The President of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Osahon Enabulele, recently proposed life imprisonment for quacks, as a means of stamping out quackery in the medical profession.
Enabulele made the call when he spoke in Abuja, where he also said the issue of quackery was a challenge facing the NMA and particularly the growth of health care practice in the country.
He advised governments at all levels to take the issue of quackery very seriously and responsibly, saying it was endangering the lives of Nigerians. He also urged Nigerians to work closely with the NMA, in its bid to put an end to quackery.
“With respect to the issue of quackery, the NMA, more than any other organisation, has been challenging the people of Nigeria to partner with her, to ensure that issues of quackery are seen as things consigned to the dustbin of the history of Nigeria.
“In 2012, for the first time in recent times, a professional organisation like the NMA disciplined its own member and made it known to the public, as a way of letting the public know that we can no longer do things the old ways. We call for things like life imprisonment for quacks, because they are doing untold harm and damage to the people of Nigeria,” he said.