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Senate Set To Collate Data on Existing Healthcare Facilities

The Upper Legislative Chamber is set to embark on the collation of data of existing health care facilities across the country in order to ensure fair and equitable distribution of the facilities in the six geo political zones. The resolution followed the adoption of a motion sponsored by Senator Matthew Urhogide (representing Edo south) who argued that there are no proper records in the country on the location and distribution of federal health facilities across the country.

 

According to him, the lack of data on the distribution of healthcare facilities has resulted in unequal distribution of such facilities across the zones, which he said, violates the federal character principle. In his contribution, Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West urged the relevant committees on health to embark on a tour across the country to ascertain the level of spread of health facilities and take note of those that are shortchanged for further action.

 

Ruling on the motion, deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu who presided over plenary expressed worry that a lot of health facilities scattered across the country are not well staffed and therefore not properly utilized. Our correspondent Raliat Adenekan reports that the senate also resolved to refer all requests by legislators for the citing of federal health care facilities where they do not exist to the joint committee on health in order to rectify the imbalance.

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