A law seeking to increase penalty for quackery in the medical profession is underway in the House of Representatives.
Sponsored by Dozie Ferdinand Nwankwo, the bill, which passed second reading on the floor of the House, Thursday, seeks to amend the provisions of the Medical and Dental Practitioners Act.
If passed into law, the legislation automatically increases the penalty for quackery from N5,000 to N1 million and N10,000 to N10 million respectively and also increase offenders’ jail term to either five or 10 years depending on the severity.
Leading debate on the general principles of the Bill, the lawmaker told his colleagues that the purpose is to amend the provisions of Section 17(5) (a) and (b) of the Medical and Dental Practitioners Act, by increasing the punishment prescribed for offenders.
The bill was read the second time and referred to the House Committee on Healthcare Services for further legislative action.
Independent News Nigeria.