A total of 24 health centres and pharmacies have been hit with closure orders for flouting government regulations – some for allowing doctors to practice without a license.

Closure orders have been imposed by the Ministry of Health and Prevention, with facilities having two weeks to comply with the ruling before their licenses are revoked permanently. The number of closures is down from last year when 42 facilities were given the order to shut their doors after enforcement action.

“The teams found that some of the establishments failed to conform to the safety standards with some even allowing their doctors and technicians to practice their profession without a licence,” said a Ministry of Health spokesman.

“Others also got failing remarks on proper waste disposal and proper storage of medicines. Other violations included non-compliance with the medical and technical safety requirements in operating rooms and the engineering standards; improper sterilisation of medical instruments; lack of ventilation system; manipulation of controlled medicines; and dispensation of antibiotics without prescriptions.”

The Ministry’s inspection and control teams conducted a series of random visits to health facilities. They also scheduled inspections if a complaint had been filed about a facility. The inspection teams will now carry out a second visit to the facilities that were hit with closure orders to check they are complying with regulations.