Raymond Ozoji, Awka
The 7th assembly of the Anambra State House of Assembly yesterday repealed the 2017 Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital law and re-enacted same after thorough debates and deliberations at the committee of the whole.
After some surgical operations as well as amendment of some clauses on the aforementioned law by the legislators, Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Uche Victor Okafor, said the new legislation would read henceforth as “Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital Amaku Awka Law 2019” and shall come into force on the 10th day of December, 2019.
Deputy Majority Leader of the House and member representing Orumba-North state constituency, Hon. Emeka Aforka, said the new law was timely as it would help foster quality healthcare services for the citizenry.
Aforka also emphasized that the new law establishing the teaching hospital has made it an institution with the necessary prerequisites to train and groom new doctors and nurses who would attend to the health needs of the populace.
He said the new law came into being because of the inadequacies discovered in the 2017 repealed law, noting that all the parameters that would enable the teaching hospital to function optimally were considered in the re-enacted law establishing the university teaching hospital.
The lawmaker also took cognisance of the fact that health facilities were being renovated and refurbished across the entire state, pointing out that Anambra state was making significant progress in the health sector.