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House Of Reps Declares Support For State Of Emergency In The Health Sector

Hon. Amos Gwamna

The House of Representatives has reiterated its support to the Federal Government towards the declaration and effective implementation of state of emergency in the nation’s health sector.


The Chairman House Committee on Health institutions, Dr Amos Gwamna Magaji, made the declaration at a public hearing on some bills deliberated by the House and referred to his committee for proper investigation.


The public hearing focused on the challenges facing the Health Sector which include the establishment of some health institutions, Collapse of drugs funds, indebtedness, unethical process and abuse associated with the child adoption among others.


Dr Amos Gwamna Magaji, said it’s disheartening that, Nigerians prefer foreign health institutions on their heath issues despite the fact that, the nation has the best medical personnel to offer the same services.


Dr. Magaji, said that, part of the mandate of the committee is to identify the major obstacles hindering the Nigerian health institutions from providing the needed services to the citizens for proper guidance and implementation by the authorities concern.



The Chairman commended the participants for honoring the committee’s invitation noting that the House in collaboration with ministries of Health and Justice has started a move to review the laws that are guiding the operations of the Health Institutions in Nigeria for optimal service delivery.


In his remarks, the National President, Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Prof Bala Muhammad Audi, said the Organisation is fully in support of the of the declaration of state of emergency in the Health sector in view of the deteriorating condition of the sector.


He said the state of some tertiary health institutions is very poor and the salary package has contributed to the migration of many competent and qualified medical practitioners to foreign countries despite the huge funds invested in them by the government.


On his part, a member of the committee Dr. Midala Usman, from Borno State faulted the executive for the poor state of the nation’s health sector, the situation which resulted to emergence of many preventable diseases.


The lawmaker who appreciated medical personnel in the country for their selfless services despite the poor package encouraged them to continue to demonstrate a sense of patriotism and dedication as plans were underway to improve their welfare.


The public hearing which lasted for two days attracted participants from the ministry of health, ministry of justice, Nigerian Medical Association, National Association of Mide wifery, Joint Health Sector Unions among others.


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