Kano sets up agency to guide private health institutions

Acheme Jack, Kano

The Kano state government has signed the 2017 Private Health Institutions Agency Bill into law.

The state Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar signed the bill after passage by the state House of Assembly.

Governor Ganduje explained that the new agency was aimed at ensuring best practices in the health sector, in line with laid down state and federal rules.

He stated that government would keep a keen eye on private health institutions and practitioners as well as ensure that clients were not over charged.

“The new agency has powers to shut down any hospital that infringes upon existing laws and to also pay revenues duly to the government…It will supervise herbal and Islamic medicine practitioners,” Governor Ganduje explained.

The governor regretted that several health institutions in Kano do not have the requisite facilities and trained manpower to offer good quality health services.

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