ODHA passes Teaching Hospital bill
By Jubril Bada
Ondo State House of Assembly has passed into law a bill to establish the University of Medical Science Teaching Hospital, Ondo.
The bill, which was presented by the Governor of the State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu last year was passed into law after its second and third readings during the plenary session of the House on Wednesday.
The law will provide excellent health care services and accommodates training and research in medical health care profession.
The Chairman of the House Ad-hoc Committee on Health, Dr. Kaseem Sulaiman, while submitting the report of the committee recommended that the Mother and Child Hospital Ondo, the Ondo State Trauma and Surgical Centre, Ondo; the Kidney Care Centre, Ondo and State Specialist Hospital Akure including Millennium Eye Centre and Dental Hospital, Akure and the State Specialist Hospital, Ondo as hospital and health institutions to be used for the establishment of the teaching hospital.
Moving a motion for the consideration of the report of the House Ad-hoc Committee on Health, the Majority Leader of the House, Mr. Olugbenga Araoyinbo appreciated the members of the committee saddled with the responsibility for a perfect job well done on the bill before becoming a law.
The motion was seconded by Mr. Bankole Felemu representing Akoko Northwest Constituency 2.
According to the recommendation of the committee” There shall be established and maintained a drug revolving fund which shall serve as a source of internally generated revenue and also to ensure a continuous and uninterrupted supply and availability of essential drugs and consumables.
“The Drug Revolving Fund Scheme shall be managed by the Director of Pharmaceutical Services but shall be answerable to the Chief Medical Director of the University Teaching Hospital.
“A maximum of 50 percent of the profit after a comprehensive auditing of the Drug Revolving Fund Scheme can be drawn and spent on other hospital projects so as not to cripple the Drug Revolving Fund for the sustainability and continuity of the scheme.”
Also during the plenary session, eight new bills passed through their first readings as some of them were committed to 5-Man Committee for scrutiny.
The bills included Ondo State Legislative Funds Management bill 2019; State House of Assembly Service Commission (establishment) bill ,2019 and a bill for a law to provide for the management of funds of the state judiciary.
Others are: a bill to provide for the imposition of consumption tax on goods and services consumed in hotels, restaurants and event centres; a bill to amend the law for the state education endowment fund and a bill to provide for the establishment of state multi-door court -house among others
Also a bill to provide for the establishment of consumer protection agency in the state passed through its second reading while other were stepped down.