As part efforts to reinvigorate the health sector in Kano, the state government has introduced a new reward and punishment policy.
According to the state commissioner for health, Kabiru Getso, the state government will henceforth punish any one who misuses health materials meant for public consumption.
While inspecting the polio immunisation and routine immunisation services at Tofa, Dawakin tofa and Shanono local government areas of the state, Getso reiterated the state government’s commitment towards providing drugs, manpower and renovation of some primary and secondary facilities in the state.
The commissioner directed all health workers in the state to enlighten people on the availability of free anti-malaria drugs in all government hospitals.
He also ordered all health workers to learn how to regulate and account for services rendered to patients for record purposes and the general well-being of the teeming populace.
The commissioner expressed appreciation for the massive turn out of children and pregnant women for the immunisation exercise at the designated centres.
The state government recently concluded the ‘Immunisation Plus Days’ exercise for the month of July in all the 44 local government areas of the state, NAN reports.
Meanwhile, the Kano State House of Assembly has on Wednesday, July 12, passed a bill into law for establishment of the Private Health Institutions Management Board 2017. The bill was initiated by the legislature after the third reading by the Clerk of the Assembly, Lawal Badamasi.
The Speaker of the assembly, Abdullahi Ata, who presided over the plenary session described the passage of the bill as “a welcome development.” According to Ata, the bill was aimed at improving the health of Kano people by ensuring that they are treated by qualified health workers on affordable charges.
Mr. Ata added that “before we passed the bill, we had to thoroughly discuss on each and every part of its sections to ensure that it did not contradict the law that established the private health institutions.”
The speaker also said that the bill was aimed at controlling and regulating the activities of all private institutions in the state to make sure that they provided effective services to the public in a clean environment.
“The establishment of the law is also a great development in the State’s health sector because it will assist in regulating how private hospitals and other health institutions charge and treat their patients,” the Speaker said.
Briefing journalists shortly after the plenary session, the Majority Leader of the assembly, Abdulazeez Gafasa, said the establishment of the bill was necessary due to the high number of private institutions in the state.
According to him, some of the institutions are being operated by unprofessional people and it caused a lot of risk to the health of their patients and such must be avoided.
“The law will also make sure that the operators of the private health institutions are registered and also complied with the rules and regulations that allow for their establishment,” the lawmaker said.
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The new bill provides that any private hospital or health institution’s operator caught violating the rules and regulations must pay a fine of N100,000 to N200,000.