OrderPaperToday – The Senate on Wednesday considered and approved a Bill for an Act to provide the legal framework to establish a Federal Medical Centre Osogbo in Osun State.
The bill was sponsored by Senator Ajibola Surajudeen Basiru, representing Osun Central Senatorial District.
The bill was titled “A Bill For an Act to Provide the Legal Framework to Establish the Federal Medical Centre Osogbo, Osun State and for Other Matters, 2021.”
In leading the debate on the general principles of the bill, Senator Basiru noted that the provision of health care in Nigeria remains the functions of the three tiers of government: the federal, state, and local government.
According to the sponsor, the bill sought to facilitate access to standard health facilities by the people of Osun State, particularly the people of Osogbo where it is being proposed to be sited.
“The tertiary primary healthcare is provided by teaching hospitals and specialist hospitals and the wherewithal to establish such lies with the Federal Government because of the considerable resources required.
Our health care system has been under serious challenges poor infrastructures, inadequate funding, and policy-making deficit which has led to a progressive deterioration in quality healthcare delivery and an almost imminent collapse of our healthcare system.
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According to the 2009 communique of the Nigerian National Health Conference, the health care system remains weak as evidenced by lack of coordination, fragmentation of services, dearth of resources, including drug and supplies, inadequate and decaying infrastructure, inequity in resource distribution, and access to care and very deplorable quality of care.
The communique further outlined the lack of clarity of roles and responsibilities among the different levels of government to have compounded the situation .
The issue of health is very sacrosanct and it’s no gainsaying that health is wealth therefore, government has the duty to make available affordable and accessible health facilities to the governed.
Presently, we have 22 (Twenty-Two) Federal Medical Centres in Nigeria and most of which are located at the State Capitals.
Osun State has 30 (Thirty Local Government Areas) and as at 2016, it is rated the nineteenth most populous State in Nigeria with estimated population of about 4.7 million (Four Million, Seven Hundred Thousand),” he said.
In making a case for the medical centre, Basiru mentioned that “Out of the twenty-two Federal Medical Centres (FMC), Osun State, with her seat of Government in Osogbo, a city which, by the National Census of 2016, has a population of about 395,500. You will agree with me that this figure would have doubled going by the geometric progression of our population.
Currently, health facilities on ground in the State are not enough to cater to the health demands of the people. This bill is a subtle appeal to the Federal Government to come to the rescue of the people of Osun State.
Establishment of a Federal Medical Centre in Osogbo, Osun State would go a long way in mitigating capital flight through medical tourism and also create employment opportunities for the people.
Siting a Federal Medical Centre in Osogbo will assist both the State Government and the Federal Government to synergize and achieve formidable results in terms of health care delivery.
The proposed FMC, Osogbo, Osun State, when operational shall provide effective and cost-effective medical services to my constituents, Osun State and Nigeria at large,” Basiru stated.
The lawmaker urged his colleagues to painstakingly deliberate on and support this bill passage into law as its passage would go a long way in ameliorating the medical needs of my constituents while also bridging the healthcare delivery deficit gap in Osun State and neighboring State.
Having scaled second reading, the bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Health for further legislative inputs and to report back within four weeks.