Senate Urges President Buhari To Declare State Of Emergency On Health Sector
The Nigerian Senate has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency in the public health sector over what it described as the alarming decay of infrastructure in public healthcare institutions in the country.
These resolutions were sequel to a motion, entitled: “Urgent need for the declaration of emergency in the public health care sector over decay of infrastructure”, sponsored by Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi, during Tuesday’s plenary.
Senator Hunkuyi while leading debate on the motion noted that the infrastructure decay in public health institutions was caused by “epileptic power and inadequate water supply resulting in unhygienic conditions which further increases the risk of hospital acquired and transmitted infections.”
He further observed that critical diagnostic equipment such as MRI, CT scan and ultrasound, among others essential for providing efficient diagnosis were non-functional or not available in most of the institutions.
According to Senator Hunkuyi: “The sorry situation in our public health institutions has resulted in increased medical tourism by Nigerians, with the attendant outflow of hard earned foreign currency to the tune of several millions of dollars spent on medical care annually in Europe, America, Asia and even some African countries to the detriment of our health institutions.
“This sorry state of affairs has rendered our hospitals and other healthcare facilities ineffective resulting in dire consequences for the citizenry.”