The Senate approves the bill establishing an orthopedic hospital in Kogi


A bill was also passed to establish the Federal College of Education, Omuo-Ekiti, Ekiti.

The approval follows the consideration of two separate reports by the health (secondary and tertiary) and tertiary institutions and TETFUND committees.

Reports were presented by senators Yahaya Oloriegbe (APC-Kwara) and Nora daduut (APC-Plateau).

Oloriegbe, in her presentation, observed that Nigeria is one of the densely populated countries in the world, plagued by poverty and an extremely high disease burden.

According to him, orthopedics like musculoskeletal disorders, diseases of the spine, cancers, tumors and birth defects are suffered by many citizens without adequate care.

He explained that orthopedic hospitals were important in improving patient health care, adding that installing one in Dekina would bring health care closer to residents of densely populated urban and rural communities.

In addition, a bill to provide a legal framework for the establishment of the Deba Federal Medical Center, Gombe, increased at second reading.

The bill, sponsored by Senator Danjuma Goje (APC-Gombe) was referred by the President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan, to the health commission (secondary and tertiary).

The committee, chaired by Oloriegbe, had four weeks to report back to plenary.

In a related development, a bill to establish the Federal College of Education, Bassambiri, Bayelsa has also scaled second reading.

The bill was sponsored by Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo.

The Senate Speaker returned the bill after consideration to the Committee on Higher Education Institutions and TETFUND for further legislative work.

The committee, chaired by Senator Ahmad Babba Kaita is also expected to report back to plenary in four weeks.


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