A Bill for a law to provide framework for the regulation, development and management of the state health system in Edo State on Tuesday passed through second reading in the Edo State House of Assembly.
Leading the debate on the bill, the Majority Leader, Roland Asoro, said that the bill also sought to domesticate the National Health Act 2014 in the state.
Asoro stated that if the bill was passed and assented to, it would resolve quackery and sub-standard services in the health care delivery system in the state.
The lawmaker expressed optimism that the bill would also help to reduce maternal mortality rate in the area.
According to him, the bill provides penalties for any health care provider who fail to administer treatment to patients during emergencies.
Other lawmakers who supported the passage of the bill said it would provide a road map for the health care system in the state.
The Speaker, Kabiru Adjoto, therefore, directed the bill to the house Standing Committee on Health for fine-tuning.
Meanwhile, Gov. Godwin Obaseki has appointed a former majority leader of the Assembly, Mr. Frank Okiye, as the Parliamentary Liaison Officer.
The Clerk of the Assembly, Mr. James Omoatama read the letter on the floor of the House.
The Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Osarodion Ogie signed the letter; saying that Okiye’s the appointment took effect from July 1.
The Speaker, Kabiru Adjoto, who congratulated Okiye on his new appointment, urged him to discharge his assignment with all sense of responsibility.