A Bill for the establishment of Zamfara State Health Contributory Health Care Management Agency has passed second reading at the state House of assembly.
This followed a motion moved by the Deputy Speaker of the House, Alhaji Muhammad Gummi during the plenery in Gusau on Tuesday.
Gummi said that there was need for the state to have the agency considering its importance in health care delivery.
He urged members of the state Assembly to support the motion and agree for the House to deliberate on the bill.
“This is the contributory health system where both government, private organisations and individuals contribute toward good health care scheme.
“As we all know, the federal government has agency similar to this and we all know the role it is playing in promoting health care system in the country.
“The agency will ensure adequate provision of drugs and health services at affordable rate at easy ways “, he said.
According to him, health care delivery is one of the most important aspect of our lives, as representatives of people is it our duty to ensure laws that will improve the health care system of our state.
In their separate contributions, the Vice Chairman of the assembly committee on health, Alhaji Abu Maru and member representating Bungudu East constituency, Alhaji Ibrahim Kwatarkwashi urged the House to ensure the appointment of deserving people who could be trusted in handling the affairs of the agency.
The Speaker, Alhaji Sanusi Rikiji who chaired the sitting, urged the clerk of the House to give the bill its first and second reading.
Rikiji further directed the House Committee on Health to go and scrutinise the bill and report to the House within 48 hours.
NAN reports that two NGOs, Save the Children International and Maternal and Newborn Child Health (MNCH2) supported the state in drafting the bill.