Gombe gov­er­nor signs health in­surance bill, oth­ers

The Punch - - HEALTH - Chima Azubuike, Gombe

GOV­ER­NOR Inuwa Ya­haya of Gombe State on Tues­day signed the Con­trib­u­tory health Care Man­age­ment Bill 2019 and three oth­ers.

The oth­ers are the Gombe State hos­pi­tals Ser­vices Man­age­ment Board Bill, the Gombe State Coun­cil on Public Pro­cure­ment Bill and the Public Pro­cure­ment Bureau Bill.

Ya­haya noted that the bills would help to im­prove ef­fi­ciency and ef­fec­tive­ness in health care ser­vice de­liv­ery, as well as en­sure trans­parency, ac­count­abil­ity and good gov­er­nance in the state.

he said, “It was dis­heart­en­ing that Gombe was the only state in the coun­try with­out a hospi­tal man­age­ment board. But with the sign­ing of the hos­pi­tals Ser­vices Man­age­ment Board bill into law, our hos­pi­tals will now op­er­ate more ef­fec­tively and or­di­nary peo­ple will now have some re­prieve in terms of ba­sic health care ser­vice.

“Equally, with the Con­trib­u­tory health Care Man­age­ment Board Law in place, the state will now align with the Na­tional health Pol­icy and we shall ac­cess the Ba­sic health Care Pro­vi­sion Fund, which can be ac­cessed only with this law in place.

“Many state gover­nors have since repli­cated the Na­tional health In­surance Scheme and they have been ac­cess­ing the funds to im­prove the ba­sic health care ser­vices in their re­spec­tive states. With this devel­op­ment, Gombe has now joined the league and there will be some suc­cour for the peo­ple, es­pe­cially the less priv­i­leged ones, who find it dif­fi­cult to get sup­port when needed.”

The gov­er­nor com­mended the house of As­sem­bly for the speedy con­sid­er­a­tion and pas­sage of the three bills and promised to en­force com­pli­ance with the pro­vi­sions of the laws.

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