Bill to create a primary healthcare development agency pass 3rd reading in Imo State
The Imo State House of Assembly under the leadership the Speaker, Chief Acho Ihim, has adopted as a working document, report of an ad hoc committee on a bill to establish a Primary Health Care Development Agency for the state. The bill was sponsored by the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Ugonna Ozuruigbo, member for Nwangele State-Constituency.
The committee was chaired by Hon. Marcel Odunze (Orlu), with three other legislators as members. Adopting the recommendations of the committee, the assembly members agreed that the agency when finally established will cater for the healthcare of infants and mothers in the state.
Nigeria Newspoint reported that while interpreting the contents of the bill, the honorable members also recommended that a governing board of the agency will be set up with its chairman to be appointed by the executive governor. It will also have permanent secretaries of some relevant ministries serving as ex-officio members.
Some of the highlighted functions of the agency include, ensuring effective supervision of the primary health care centers in the local government areas, promotion of reproductive health, as well as prevention of infant and maternal mortalities.
The bill’s sponsor and deputy speaker of the house, Hon. Ugonna Ozuruigbo commended the assembly’s leadership for the priority given to the bill. He also noted that a senior health personnel should head the agency if finally established.
The bill is expected to be passed into law before the end of the month.