OrderPaperToday – The Senate on Tuesday passed a bill to establish the Orthopaedic Hospital, Dekina, Kogi State. Also passed was a bill to establish the Federal College of Education, Omuo-Ekiti, Ekiti State.

While the bills to establish the Orthopaedic Hospital is sponsored by Sen. Jibrin Isah (APC, Kogi East) that on the Federal College of Education, Omuo-Ekiti is sponsored by Sen. Biodun Christine Olujimi (PDP, Ekiti South).

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

As presented by Senators Yahaya Oloriegbe (APC, Kwara Central), the report observed that Nigeria is one of the densely populated countries in the world that is plagued with poverty and an exceedingly high burden of disease.

“Orthopaedics such as musculoskeletal disorders, spine disease, cancers, tumours and congenital defects are suffered by many citizens without adequate care. Thus, orthopaedic hospitals are important in improving health care in patients, adding that locating one in Dekina would bring healthcare closer to residents of densely populated urban and rural communities”.

In a related development, a bill seeking to provide the legal framework for establishing the Federal Medical Centre Deba, Gombe State, scaled second reading on the floor of the Senate.

The bill sponsored by Senator Danjuma Goje (APC, Gombe Central) was referred by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, to the Committee on Health (Secondary and Tertiary). The Committee, chaired by Senator Oloriegbe, was given four weeks to report back to the Senate.

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