The Chairman, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly Committee on Health, Hon Monday Eyo has stated that there will be a Public Hearing on three (3) Health Bills on Friday, 3rd March 2017 at the conference room of the Assembly complex.
The Health Committee Chairman who made this known recently to newsmen in his office at the Assembly complex, Uyo, noted that the bills which will be open for contributions from the public are: A Bill for a Law to make provision for the Establishment and Control of Private Hospitals and other Healthcare Facilities in Akwa Ibom State; a Bill for a law to provide for the Establishment of Akwa Ibom State Health Insurance Scheme and a Bill for a law to provide for the Establishment of Akwa Ibom State Primary Healthcare Development Agency.
Hon Eyo offered insight to the fact that the essence of the public hearing is to offer the public the opportunity to give their inputs to the bills so that when passed into law will be refined and reflect the yearnings of the people.
While describing the Sixth Assembly as People’s Assembly, the Health Committee Chairman said that in living up to her name, the Assembly is poised on carrying the people along in all legislative affairs as well as make laws that would touch on the lives of the people positively.
He pointed out that those expected at the public hearing include; Attorney General of the State, Commissioner for Health, Members of National Health Insurance Scheme, medical experts and practitioners and the general public.
The Uyo Spokesman advised anyone who is yet to get copies of the bill to visit the office of the Clerk of the House for copies.
He added “the essence of these bills are to guarantee the maximum standard of cleanliness, hygiene in our private hospitals and the safety, quality healthcare and the welfare of patients in private hospitals. Its importance also includes to prescribe the maximum number of medical staff in private hospitals. To help prescribe the record of patients treated in private hospitals, including record of stillbirths, miscarriages and death.
” So, we call on everyone to endeavour and attend. It is open for all. We need these contributions to help us make a law that will stand a test of time and that will be appreciated by all”.
It will be recalled that Dr Aniekeme Uwah, Chairman NMA AKS and the South South Zone had led doctors on a courtesy call to the speaker, AKHA; where several health care bills were proposed.
*Additional information from The Mail Newspaper.