Medical practitioners and other stakeholders in the health sector have applauded the Primary Healthcare Development Agency bill and the Akwa Ibom State Health Insurance Agency bill sponsored by the Speaker House, Rt. Hon. Barr. Onofiok Luke, describing the two health care sector related bills as important bills that would enhance the well-being of the citizenry.
Speaking, Friday at the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly during a public hearing on three health care related bills namely, A bill for a Law to provide for the establishment of Akwa Ibom state Health Insurance Agency, and A bill for a Law to provide for the establishment of Akwa Ibom State Primary Healthcare Development Agency and for Matters Connected therewith, sponsored by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Barr. Onofiok Luke and a bill for a law to make provisions for the establishment and control of private hospitals and other healthcare facilities in Akwa Ibom State and for other matters connected therewith, 2016, sponsored by a former Speaker of the House and member representing Ibesikpo Asutan State Constituency, Hon. Aniekan Uko, the Commisioner for Health, Dr. Dominic Ukpong, Chairman, Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, Akwa Ibom State branch, representative of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, NANNM, in the state, a former legislator and Medical director, St. Atanasius Hospital, Dr. Emmanuel Akpanobong, State Co-ordinator, National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, Miss. Vivian Imebu, Former Chairman, Hospital Management Board, and currently the Chairman, Local Government Service Commission, Sir. Dr. Val Attah , and the State Vice-Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Imo Okon, among others, hailed the Speaker of the Assembly, Barr. Luke for the bill. They noted that the Primary healthcare development agency bill will help in the improvement of health care delivery service at the rural areas.
However, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Ukpong, asked the House to stand down on the Bill for a Law to Make Provisions for the Establishment and Control of Private Hospitals and Other Healthcare Facilities in Akwa Ibom State and for Other Matters Connected Therewith , which is sponsored by Hon. Aniekan Uko, saying the bill needed to be properly fine tuned and re-presented at a later date, as there were loopholes in the composition of the bill.
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