The Senate approves the creation of an orthopedic hospital, another

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The Senate on Tuesday passed a bill to establish Dekina Orthopedic Hospital in Kogi State.

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

The approval follows the review of two separate reports by the health committees (secondary and tertiary); and higher education institutions and TETFUND.

The reports were presented by Senators Yahaya Oloriegbe (APC Kwara Central) and Nora Daduut.

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

According to him, orthopedics like musculoskeletal disorders, spinal diseases, cancers, tumors and congenital malformations are suffered by many citizens without proper care.

He explained that orthopedic hospitals are important in improving healthcare for patients, adding that locating one in Dekina would bring healthcare closer to residents of densely populated urban and rural communities.

Meanwhile, a bill to provide a legal framework for the establishment of the Deba Federal Medical Center in Gombe State passed its second reading on Tuesday.

The bill sponsored by Senator Danjuma Goje (APC, Gombe Central) was referred by Senate President Ahmad Lawan to the Health (Secondary and Tertiary) Committee.

The committee chaired by Senator Oloriegbe had four weeks to report to the Senate.

In a related development, a bill to establish the Federal College of Education in Bassambiri, Bayelsa State also passed its second reading.

The bill was sponsored by Senator Biobarakuma Degi -Eremienyo (Bayelsa East).

The President of the Senate returned the bill after its review to the Tertiary Institutions Committee and TETFUND for further legislative work.

The committee chaired by Senator Ahmad Baba Kaita is also expected to submit its report in four weeks.

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