The House Of Representatives has vowed to support the Health sector in the country. The Speaker, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila said the House will continue to prioritize healthcare sector.
While addressing a delegation of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) led by its president, Prof. Innocent Ujah, the Speaker assured that the House will fast-track the legislative process on a bill to repeal and reenact the Nigeria Medical and Dental Council Act.
According to Gbajabiamila, Healthcare is one of the major areas of focus of the 9th House Legislative Agenda. He stated that the House will continue to stand with the Association and anything that will help move the country forward.
The Speaker noted that it is impossible to talk about nation-building without getting the healthcare delivery right.
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He stressed that the House will like to explore the idea of a health bank further. Speaking on the increase in budget allocation, he said the allocation has been increased to some extent.
Meanwhile, against insinuations in some quarters that the health sector has the least budget of about N43 billion, Gbajabiamila said the sector gets over N1 trillion budgetary allocation.
Earlier, the NMA President, Prof. Ujah, who is also the Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Health Sciences, Otukpo, said the visit was to strengthen the relationship between the Speaker’s office and the association.
Ujah pleaded with the Speaker for the House to come up with good legislation for the health sector; enhance the remuneration and allowances of medical personnel; ensure new retirement age of consultants at 70 and improve funding and budgetary allocation for the sector.