OrderPaperToday– The House of Representatives has asked the federal government to establish well-equipped kidney dialysis centres across the country and subsidise treatments for kidney disease patients.
It also urged the federal government to employ qualified personnel to manage the centres and subsidise treatments for kidney disease patients.
These resolutions were sequel to the adoption of a motion moved by Mr. Zannah Usman (APC-Borno) during plenary on Tuesday.
The lawmakers also directed the Ministry of Information and Culture and the National Orientation Agency to commence sensitisation campaigns on the need to seek treatment in the healthcare facilities, especially those in the rural areas.
Furthermore, the lawmakers urged the Ministry of Health to ensure that it develops a framework to maintain the facilities to be provided.
In the motion entitled “Provision of Adequate Equipment for Kidney Dialysis Centres at Subsidised Rates in Federal Government Health Facilities in Nigeria,” Usman argued that subsidising the cost of treatment would encourage patients to seek early intervention.
The lawmaker said that according to reports, the disease affected 20 per cent of Nigerians and contributed to the rising mortality rates in the country.
He said the death rates were as a result of inability to afford the cost of treatment and access to facilities.
Usman expressed concern that most communities do not have primary health centres, making it difficult to identify people with kidney disease and those at risk of developing the disease.
“The rate of poverty in the country, lack of government attention on those with kidney disease, low number of doctors in rural areas, low number of nephrologists in the country and lack of facilities to effectively manage those patients are major challenges that need to be addressed urgently,” he stated.
The deputy speaker, Ahmed Idris Wase, enjoined the committees on Health Institutions, Healthcare Services and Information, National Orientation, Ethics and Values to liaise with relevant stakeholders for speedy implementation.
He explained that the cooperation was to ensure that provisions were made in any supplementary budget for establishment of fully equipped kidney dialysis centres across the country.