Delta State House of Assembly on Wednesday, July 5,2017, adopted reports on a bill for the establishment of Delta State Sickle Cell Centre and passed two bills, Delta State Public Occupational Safety Bill, 2017 and Delta State Manufacturing and Use of Deep Canoes Regulatory Bill, 2017 for first reading.
While Hon Angela Nwaka seconded the report motion by the Majority Leader, Hon Tim Owhefere, motions for the two bills were seconded by Honourables Anthony Elekeokwuri and Okagbare Uviejitobor.
Presenting the report, Chairman of the adhoc committee, Hon Alphonsus Ojo said the committee in order to present a bill that would meet the aspirations of both Deltans and non Deltans who are victims of the ravaging Sickle Cell Disease, expanded the spectrum of coverage by overhauling the entire bill to be in line with present best practice in health management in areas of control, prevention and management of sickle cell.
Hon Ojo said in achieving the goals, the committee undertook a thorough consultation with relevant stakeholders including professional bodies, within and outside the state, working visit to major sickle Cell Centres and establishments, collations of memoranda from relevant group, NGOs and Ministry of Health, Delta State.
The committee, however proposed, after a careful scrutiny of the relevant materials, that certain amendments be made as contained in annexure 1, indicating deletions and insertions.
The bill was slated for committee of the house and third reading on Tuesday 12, July, 2017.