OrderPaperToday – The Senate on Wednesday, passed a bill seeking to amend the Psychiatric Hospitals Management Board Act 2004.
The bill was passed sequel to the consideration of a report of the Senate Committee on Health (Secondary and Tertiary).
The bill sought to provide a legal framework for already existing psychiatric hospitals across the country, and would facilitate the training of specialist personnel.
The bill also sought to establish the Federal Psychiatric Hospital, Budo-Egba, Kwara State.
Chairman of the Committee, Senator Yahaya Oloriegbe (APC, Kwara Central), in his presentation, recalled that the Psychiatric Hospitals Management Board Act was enacted under the military administration in 1979 with only three hospitals.
“Ever since, there have been some additional ones created in the South-West, South-East, South-South, North-East, North-West but without enabling laws to give them legal backing.
“To date, no Psychiatric Hospital is located in the North-Central. With the increase in our population in Nigeria, it is timely to establish adequate the hospitals to meet the challenges posed to the citizenry and the country.
“Establishment of a Federal Neuro-Psychiatric hospital in Budo-Egba, Kwara state, and ensuring that the already long established ones are backed by operating legal framework, would bring specialized healthcare service closer to residents of densely populated urban and rural communities”, Oloriegbe stated.
Recall that the Senate has also considered a bill to establish a commission on mental health issues.