Why Government seals off surgery clinic in Lagos

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

For committing suspected infractions in cosmetic medicare procedures, the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC), has sealed off Med Contour Cosmetic, a cosmetic surgery clinic located on Ladi Alakija Street, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.

ConsumerConnect reports the FCCPC Wednesday, April 15 stated that the clinic was closed down on the suspicion that it was engaging in ‘cosmetic medical procedures’ that seem incompatible with applicable standards of care.

According to the regulatory agency, the decision to seal off the clinic resulted from complaints received by the Commission from some of its clients regarding certain cosmetic procedures considered unprofessional and potentially injurious to consumers.

Med Contour Cosmetic premises sealed off by FCCPC operatives in Lagos, Wednesday, April 15.

Mr. Babatunde Irukera, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of FCCPC, in a chat with the media said besides coming to seal off the premises, the Commission had also come to notify the organisation of its intention to commence investigation into the activities of the clinic.

Irukera stated that the scope of the investigation is pursuant to sections 17(s), (t), (x), (y) and 13, which prohibit obnoxious practices, require services to be safe and for the Commission to reduce risk of injury to consumers as well as ensure that services comply with the required standards of care.

The FCCPC CEO said there was credible information that Med Contour, owned by certain Dr. Anu Fella, had engaged in cosmetic medical procedures in a manner that could be described as inconsistent with the law of the land.

Irukera explained: “We’ve got a few complaints, and we’ve opened an investigation.

“We’ve also sent out the summons and then the notice of the commencement of investigation.”

According to him, the law allows the Commission, on the suspicion of any illegal activity in certain location, to proceed to that location and stop such an activity.

“And that is what we have come to do here today.

“That is why we are sealing this place, while investigation proceeds.

“We expect that in the coming days, weeks and months, we’ll be able to conduct investigation to see if anything was going wrong there.”

He added: “The information we have seems to tell us that the body modification procedures seem not to comply with applicable standards of care and some have complained to us that they have sustained significant and sometimes irreparable injury on the procedure that they have been subjected to.”

The FCCPC Chief Executive, nonetheless, noted though the action was not a disciplinary process, the Commission has the responsibility to protect consumers by intervening in whatever processes that could lead to injury or possible fatality.

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