NMA Moves to Enforce Use of Doctors Stamp to Check Quackery in Kogi

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Kogi State Chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) is to commence enforcement of the use of Doctors stamp aimed at checking activities of fake medical practitioners.

Doctor stamp is the Stamp that bears the NMA logo and contains the name of the practitioner, license number, year of graduation and other security features that could only be seen through an ultraviolet light.

This is contained in a Communique issued at the end of its Annual General Meeting (AGM) and signed by its Chairman, Dr. Baoku Olusola and Secretary, Dr. Emmanuel Bola Jonah.

To this end, the Association has launched a Campaign tagged ” No Stamp! Know Quack!” in a bid to nip quackery in the medical profession in the bud.

The Association said anybody found guilty will be made the face the full wrath of the law, saying the enforcement will start on 1st of December, 2023.

“KOGI held her AGM on the 26th of August 2023 where the congress observed poor to non compliance of the use of Doctors stamp by all doctors in KOGI state which has led to the proliferation of fake medical and medicolegal documents in Kogi state and thriving of businesses for quacks.

“The AGM resolved that massive media campaign should be undertaken for three months beginning from September 1st ,2023 and copies of the AGM resolution be distributed to all the stakeholders within the state from the DSS, Police, All CMDS/MDS , Traditional Rulers, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Education and NYSC within this period.

“Meetings should also be held with all these stakeholders and thereafter DOCTORS STAMP ENFORCEMENT TASK FORCE comprising of all members of the above stated stakeholders be inaugurated.

The Communique further states that “Enforcement shall begin from 1st of December 2023 from when any doctor who signs any medical or medicolegal documents without his or her stamp shall be treated as a quack and any documents signed without Doctors seal shall be null, void and rejected in Kogi state.

“The NMA SOC swung into action immediately and have met all the stakeholders and currently collating the names of representatives of the institutions for the task force inauguration.”

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