Lafia - A task force set up by the Nasarawa State Ministry of Health on Thursday shut down six private clinics in Kadarko village, Obi Local Government Area of the state for allegedly operating illegally.
Dr. Damina Ali, Chairman of the task force, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lafia that four proprietors of the clinics were handed over to the police.
He explained that all the clinics were operating without licence, equipment and trained health personnel.
"Most of the shut down clinics were sited in residential apartments where surgeries and other medical services are rendered.
"We had a case where a woman died while undergoing surgery for appendicitis,'' he said.
He said the ministry would not relent in its effort to rid the state of quackery among health practitioners.
"The activities of these quacks have claimed so many lives in the state, especially in the rural areas and we will do all we can to check them, to safeguard more lives," Ali said.
He advised the people to desist from patronising illegal facilities in their interest.
Ali called on rural dwellers to always go to primary health care centres around them for medical attention.