At least seven private clinics and 13 private centers selling medical eyeglasses were closed Wednesday for operating irregularly in the Burundian capital Bujumbura.
Officials at the East African country’s public health and AIDS control ministry supervised the operation.
Seven clinics were closed in the north of Bujumbura, whereas 13 centers manufacturing and selling medical eyeglasses in the city center were closed.
Patients and other hospitalized patients were taken out of the targeted health structures during the operation and padlocks were put on doors.
“Here, patients are received and treated without paying caution money. But big hospitals cannot admit patients if they do not pay caution money. Medical services are cheap here,” a sick woman who requested anonymity at Saint Luke clinic at Buterere complained.
“We have closed those clinics because they operate irregularly. They do not fulfill all the requirements of a health structure and we had given them enough time in order to correct irregularities,” said Providence Munezero, General Inspector at the Burundian Public Health and AIDS Control Ministry.
She indicated that irregularities are notably lack of qualified personnel, poor infrastructure or lack of adequate equipment.
“The operation will continue in other clinics and health structures countrywide,” Munezero said. Enditem