Health minister to appear before Senate on Tuesday, May 21

Health minister to appear before Senate on Tuesday, May 21

The Senate has announced that the health minister, Isaac Adewole, will on Tuesday, May 21, appear before it to disclose the current state of facilities in Nigeria teaching hospitals.

Senate President Bukola Saraki made this announcement known during plenary on Thursday, May 16.

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A tweet shared on the official handle of the Nigerian Senate reads:

Recall that had reported that the Senate summoned the minister of health over the state of the country’s healthcare facilities in the country’s teaching hospitals.

Adewole's summon was as a result of the resolution made after a deliberation on a motion titled ‘Alarming report on poor quality of services in Nigerian Teaching Hospitals.

David Umaru who is the lawmaker representing Niger East led the motion lamenting the “cases of poor electricity supply, obsolete medical equipment, decayed infrastructure and other factors which, he said, have made it extremely difficult for Nigerian teaching hospitals to provide tertiary healthcare to patients with complex ailments such as cancer, kidney failure etc”.

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Gbenga Ashafa, in his contribution, blamed the poor healthcare facilities on lack of funding. The lawmaker expressed worry that patients now travel long distance “at very high cost due to absence of the requisite medical equipment for such services within their vicinity.” ( -> We keep evolving to serve our readers better.

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