Another bill for Deba medical center passes second reading
By Deji Elumoye and Juliet Akoje
The Senate adopted two bills for the establishment of an orthopedic hospital in Dekina, Kogi State and the Federal College of Education, Omuo-Ekiti, Ekiti State.
The approval of the two bills followed
consideration of two separate reports by Senate health committees (secondary and tertiary); and higher education institutions and TETFUND.
The reports were presented by Senators Yahaya Oloriegbe and Nora Daduut.
Oloriegbe, in his presentation, observed that Nigeria is one of the densely populated countries in the world which “is 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 are important for 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 Federal Medical Center in Deba, Gombe state, passed a second reading stage on Tuesday.
The bill sponsored by Senator Danjuma Goje (APC, Gombe Central) was referred by Senate Speaker Dr Ahmad Lawan to the Committee on Health (Secondary and Tertiary).
The committee chaired by Senator Oloriegbe has had four weeks to report to the Senate.
In a related development, a bill to establish the Federal College of Education, Bassambiri, Bayelsa State has also scaled second reading.
The bill was sponsored by Senator Biobarakuma Degi -Eremienyo (Bayelsa East).
The Senate Speaker returned the bill after consideration to the Committee on Higher Education Institutions and TETFUND for further legislative work.
The committee which is chaired by Senator Ahmad Baba Kaita is also expected to deliver its report in four weeks.