Senate approves bill to establish orthopaedic hospital in Kogi

The Senate has described as “erroneous” report that it approved fresh loan of N850 billion at the plenary on Tuesday.

The Senate on Tuesday at plenary passed a bill to establish the Orthopedic Hospital, Dekina, Kogi.

Also passed was a bill to establish the Federal College of Education, Omuo-Ekiti, Ekiti.

The approval followed the consideration of two separate reports by the Committees on Health (Secondary and Tertiary) and Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND.

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

Oloriegbe in his presentation observed that Nigeria was one of the densely populated countries in the world, plagued with poverty and an exceedingly high burden of disease.

According to him, Orthopedics such as musculoskeletal disorders, spine disease, cancers, tumours and congenital defects are suffered by many citizens without adequate care.

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

Also, a bill seeking to provide a legal framework for the establishment of the Federal Medical Centre Deba, Gombe, scaled second reading.

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

The committee, chaired by Oloriegbe was given four weeks to report back to the plenary.

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

The bill was sponsored by Sen. Biobarakuma Degi -Eremienyo.

The senate president referred the bill after it was considered, to the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND for further legislative work.

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

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