Senate to evolve road map for equitable distribution of health facilities

OrderPaperToday – In view of calls from different quarters for the establishment of federal health facilities across the country, the Senate has mandated its Committees on Health (Secondary & Tertiary); and Primary Healthcare and Communicable Diseases to catalogue all existing Health facilities reflecting their locations, size, nature of services rendered, years of construction, present condition and other challenges.

The Committee is also expected to document demands by legislators and other stakeholders for the citing of federal health facilities, where they do not already exist.

The purpose of the exercise according to the Senate is to correct the imbalance in the distribution of federal health facilities across local government areas, states, and geo-political zones.

Furthermore, the Senate pledged to engage the three tiers of government in order to work out modalities for the staffing of the health facilities.

The motion on the need for fair and equitable distribution of federal health facilities in all six geo-political zones of the country was sponsored by Senator Mathew Urhoghide (PDP, Edo), who noted that there was no proper template or records of the locational distribution of federal health facilities across the length and breadth of the country.

He said: “Because of the absence of such a database or records register, location or citing of federal health facilities has been skewed with some states or geo-political zones having more of the facilities than others. Again this violates fairness and the federal character principle.

“Arising from the very important services provided by these facilities, certain demographics, sections or people may be disadvantaged if they have to travel very far to other locations to seek these services because their local government area, state or zone has been denied the presence of such a facility.”

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