Federal Health Facilities Inadequate, Established Unfairly – Senate

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BY SOLOMON AYADO and AHURAKA ISAH, Abuja

Senate has said there is unfairness and biased establishment of health facilities by the Federal government which are grossly inadequate in the six geo-political zones of the country.

This is coming just as Senate has lamented the numerous requests from Nigerians including political stakeholders who have filed several demands for additional health facilities in all communities in the country.

Upon the need for fair and equitable distribution of the health facilities, Senate has insisted that sanity is urgently required especially now that there is no proper template or database of location or citing of the health establishments.

The health facilities are federal university teaching hospitals, medical centers, orthopedic hospitals, neuro-psychiatric hospitals, eye hospitals and primary healthcare centers among others.

The cry of the Senate followed a motion by Senator Mathew Urhogide (Edo South) on the need for fair and equitable distribution of federal health centers.

According to him, several unwanted deaths are recorded because certain sections or people are disadvantaged and they have to travel very far to other locations to seek medical services due to lack of health facilities in their araes.

Consequently, Senate resolved that the Senate joint committees on health and primary healthcare and communicable diseases should catalogue all existing health facilities in the country reflecting their locations, nature of services and other challenges faced by them.

It further refer all requests by stakeholders for the voting of federal health facilities where they do not exist, to the committees to handle and urged the federal government to quickly put in place adequate manpower and personnel to facilities with shortage o staff.