By Bakare Majeed
OrderPaperToday-The Governor of Kano, Abdullahi Ganduje has described the state’s new healthcare bill as the right step in positioning the health care sector to meet the needs of the people.
The Governor made this remark on Wednesday at the signing of the bill into law at the Council Chamber, Government House, Kano.
He said; “The new agency is aimed at ensuring best practices in the health sector, in line with laid down state and federal rules”.
He added that “government would keep a keen eye on private health institutions and practitioners as well as ensure that clients are not over charged.”
The governor revealed that the new law apart from its regulatory provision is also going to generate revenue to the state.
“The new agency has powers to shut down any hospital that infringes upon existing laws and to also pay revenues duly to the government”, he added noting further that “it will supervise herbal and Islamic medicine practitioners.”
He also expressed concern that several health institutions in the state do not have the requisite facilities, trained manpower and infrastructure to offer good quality health services.