The Senate on Tuesday passed four bills to establish Federal medical centres in four states of the federation, namely Osogbo -Osun, Onitsha – Anambra ; Gada -Sokoto State and Ijebu-Ode -Ogun .
The passage of the bills followed the consideration of four separate reports by the Senate Committee on Health (Secondary and Tertiary).
Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Yahaya Oloriegbe (APC-Kwara), in his presentation said the centres would be equipped with facilities for diagnostic treatment and rehabilitation at the tertiary level.
They will also serve as centres for training of health professionals and conduct of advanced health research.
Senate also at plenary, passed a bill to amend the Teaching Hospitals (Reconstitution of Boards, etc.), Act 2004.
Oloriegbe, in a separate presentation on a report by his committee explained that the amendment to the act seeks to give full legislative recognition to the Federal University, Lokoja, Teaching Hospital.
He said, ”the bill seeks to amend the First Schedule to the Principal Act to include the Federal University, Lokoja, Teaching Hospital.
“By this amendment, it creates a legal backing for the Federal University, Lokoja, Teaching Hospital,” he explained.