Senate moves to reduce number of Nigerians who travel abroad for medical care

The Senate has commenced strikes to dam income leakages from medical tourism with the consideration of a invoice that would cut back the variety of Nigerians travelling to different nations for medical care.

The invoice titled: Federal Medical Centres (Institution) Invoice, 2021, was sponsored by Senator Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed (APC, Adamawa Central).

Main the controversy on Thursday, Ahmed mentioned the absence of a authorized framework for the regulation, growth and administration of Federal Medical Facilities (FMCs) was accountable for hindering the supply of intensive, efficient and environment friendly well being care companies to Nigerians.

Ahmed cited “under-funding, weak services and infrastructure, the poor motivation of well being employees, low funds, weak accountability, conflicts with the political construction of the states and industrial strikes”.

She famous that the passage of the invoice will “cut back the variety of Nigerians who need to go to different nations for medical care.”

The lawmaker lamented that a mean of 20,000 Nigerians journey to India every year for medical help as a result of absence of a stable healthcare system at house.

Ahmed mentioned the laws would additionally sufficiently tackle remuneration of the workers of the Medical Facilities which in flip would verify the exodus of medical doctors and nurses to different nations.

“Seventy-seven % of black medical doctors within the US are Nigerians and there may be hardly ever any prime medical establishment within the US or Europe the place you don’t discover Nigerians managing on the prime degree.

“Hardly a yr passes and not using a main nationwide strike by nurses, medical doctors, or well being consultants. The most important causes for these strikes are poor salaries and lack of presidency funding within the well being sector,” she mentioned.

Senator Yahaya Oloriegbe (APC – Kwara Central) mentioned Federal Medical Centres had been incapacitated because of the absence of authorized backing establishing them and inadequate funding.

On his half, Senator Ibn Na’Allah mentioned the invoice was well timed because it seeks “to make sure that all establishments of presidency are ruled by legislation.”

The lawmaker mentioned the federal government can’t proceed to function a democracy the place public funds are disbursed to establishments that aren’t acknowledged by legislation.

The invoice after scaling Second Studying was referred by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, to the Committee on Well being for additional legislative work.

The committee, chaired by Senator Ibrahim Yahaya Oloriegbe, is predicted to report again in 4 weeks.

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