By Usman Ibn A. Lapai
Kaduna state House of Assembly has passed second reading on a bill for a law for the establishment of Kaduna State Contributory Health Management Authority.
The executive bill was seeking for the establishment of the health authority to boost healthcare system of the state and also a better medical healthcare for all residents of Kaduna state.
Speaking on the bill, the House Leader, Alhaji Mohammed Inuwa, said the authority would also ensure that all residents of Kaduna state have access to effective, quality and affordable healthcare services and also to protect them from financial hardship of medical bills.
In his contribution, Alhaji Nasiru Maikano, the member representing Unguwan Sanusi, said the bill was timely and commended the government for the initiative.
Kasim Iliyasawa, the member representing Zaria, said the bill came at the right time, adding: “It’s the duty of the state to have more confidence to the eyes of Nigeria and the world at large. Having such scheme would help immensely to boost the level of health facilities to the residents of the state.”
Nuhu Shadalafiya, the member representing Kagarko, said the contributory bill “is very important and would help both the young and the old as regards to health issues.”
“It’s something of joy to see the passage of the bill at the Assembly even though there are some areas that need to be fashioned out we are going to see its workability when we go into the committee section.”
The sitting, which was presided by the Speaker, Alhaji Aminu Shagali, refer the bill to the Committee on Health and Judiciary for further legislative action.
He also directed the Committee to report back on April 11, 2017.