As­sem­bly ex­pe­dites pri­vate hos­pi­tal reg­u­la­tion bill

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Dick­son S. Adama, Uyo

The Akwa Ibom State House of As­sem­bly has given ex­pe­di­tious hear­ing to the bill seek­ing the es­tab­lish­ment and con­trol of pri­vate hos­pi­tals and health fa­cil­i­ties.

The bill has passed sec­ond read­ing to com­mit­tee level.

Speak­ing, the mem­ber rep­re­sent­ing Ibe­sikpo Asu­tan con­stituency, Hon. Aniekan Uko, said hos­pi­tals where peo­ple get cured of their sick­nesses had in many in­stances be­come places ‘through which peo­ple are now sent to their early graves.’

Uko, who spon­sored the bill, said in­ves­ti­ga­tion showed that Akwa Ibom ‘is flooded with sub­stan­dard’ pri­vate hos­pi­tals and health­care fa­cil­i­ties. “These hos­pi­tals have been tales of woes for the un­sus­pect­ing ci­ti­zens who pa­tron­ize them. They are death cham­bers and not pri­vate hos­pi­tals,” Uko stressed.

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