Commission of Inquiry on the Collapsed Reigners Bible Church in Uyo interrogates Commissioner for Health

The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dominic Ukpong today appeared before the Commission of Inquiry on the Collapsed Reigners Bible Church in Uyo.

He recommended that whoever is found culpable should be made to pay reasonable compensation for the lives and property lost in the incident.

The Commissioner’s recommendation was part of his testimony and answers to cross-examination by the Counsel to Reigners Bible Church, Barrister Ini Ekpot.

Dr. Ukpong also suggested that a law that makes it mandatory for all hospitals in the state to treat and stabilize accident victims before demanding payment should be enacted.

He said that such law was necessary in-order to save the live of victims of accidents.
The Commissioner explained that the law should make provisions forbidding any hospital from turning down people in life threatening situations or refusing to attend to the victims except money is deposited.
In a situation where accident victims escapes without paying the hospital bills, Dr. Ukpong said the state government should  pick up  the medical bills.
He also stressed the need for the State House of Assembly to enact a law for an Insurance Scheme to cater for the health needs of the citizenry without hospital demanding  money.
While cross-examining the Commissioner, a Human Rights Lawyer and Council to the Dead and the Injured in the Reigners Bible Church Building Collapse, Barrister Clifford Thomas, appealed to the Commission of Inquiry to issue witness summons to Proprietors of Private Medical facilities where victims were taken to.
Barrister Clifford explained that the evidence of Doctors will help the Panel to ascertain the number of casualties, which the Commissioner for Health puts at twenty-eight.

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