From Osakhare Erese Asaba
The Delta State House of Assembly Speaker, Mr. Sheriff Oborevwori has said that the State Private Healthcare Centre Bill 2017 will cut down on death rate in the state.
The speaker who spoke to our reporter at the weekend in Asaba, disclosed that efforts were being made to curtail quackery in the state’s health sector, adding that the bill became necessary due to lack of proper regulatory mechanisms available to check quackery. He said that the bill was passed following a motor by the lead sponsor who also is a member representing Ukwuani constituency, Dr. Alphonsus Ojo, and was seconded by the member representing Uvwie constituency, Mr. Efe Ojo Buruku. The Speaker posited that the bill was pursuant of the constitution of the federal Republic of Nigeria which provides that the security and welfare of the people was the basic responsibility of the government. The Speaker said that the bill was basically a weapon to usher sanity into the state’s health sector as it was poised to monitor registration, operations and prohibition of illegal health operators. According to him, the infiltrator of Quacks in the state’s health sector had led to the many avoidable mortalities disclosing that about 80 percent of hospitals in the state were not registered, and we managed by charlatans. The Speaker therefore urged Deltans to support the cause of flushing out Quacks among the health practitioners in the state, stating that section 4 of the bill clearly stated that every person who wishes to run a health centre, must be registered, adding that the bill was all about that section to provide a level of sanity for good health services. Meanwhile, the immediate past secretary to the Delta State Governor, Mr. Ovuozourie Macauley has said that only politicians with ill motives, and failed records fear elections. Macualay who dispelled the rumour making rounds that the Isoko Political Exodus (IPE) was floaked to fight against the interest of some political stakeholders in Isoko to journalists, stated that the IPE was built with a vision to reform politics, check impunity, and ensure fair play and responsive government. He said that the Exodus has come to stay, and cannot be destroyed, adding “let no one be afraid because of his membership of the Exodus, the Exodus will fight, and revolt against tyrannical leadership, nepotism, oppression inconsideration governance and divide, rule leadership.
He urged Isoko, and members of the group to stand firm in their belief, recalling that the group with over 10, 000 members was inaugurated in Oleh, with the presence of the chairman of the ceremony, Marthias Eto.