Senate passes bills to establish medical centres in four states
The Senate has passed four bills to establish federal medical centres in four states of the federation.
The medical centres would be established in Osogbo (Osun), Onitsha (Anambra), Gada (Sokoto), and Ijebu-Ode (Ogun).
The passage of the bills followed the consideration of four separate reports by the Committee on Health (Secondary and Tertiary).
In his presentation, the committee chairman, Yahaya Oloriegbe (APC-Kwara), said the centres would be equipped with facilities for diagnostic treatment and rehabilitation at the tertiary levels.
According to him, they will also serve as centres for training health professionals and conducting advanced health research.
The Senate also, at the plenary, passed a bill to amend the Teaching Hospitals (Reconstitution of Boards, etc.), Act 2004.
Mr Oloriegbe, in a separate presentation on a report by the Committee on Health (Secondary and Tertiary), explained that the amendment to the Teaching Hospitals Act seeks to give full legislative recognition to the Federal University, Lokoja, Teaching Hospital.
“Mr President and distinguished colleagues, every Institution needs to be backed by an enabling law. It is against this background that this bill is before the chamber.
“As of today, training facilities in the health sector are inadequate for the current population and projected population growth for Nigeria, currently at 3 per cent per annum,” Mr Oloriegbe explained.
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