According to the Punch, the House of Representatives has said it will convert the present National Assembly clinic to a hospital to provide medical services to the community. The House passed for second reading, at the plenary on Tuesday, a bill to upgrade the clinic into a hospital that offers emergency services among other functionalities.
It was understood that the legislation was sponsored by Messrs Robert Tyough and Danladi Baido, as Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, who is the Deputy Majority Whip, praised the spirit of the bill as it seeks to save lives and impact value to individuals around the National Assembly. She decried the archaic level of equipment and lack of relevant drugs in the clinic as it is.
Why The Upgrade of The National Assembly Clinic To Hospital
Tyough while leading the debate on the Bill, said the proposal sought to provide the legal framework for the provision of the much-needed healthcare services within the National Assembly. Noting that teeming individuals around the National Assembly would immensely benefit, from the proposed law which would expand the scale of healthcare delivery, as the current scale the clinic provides is skeletal.
The hospital would ensure that the lives of individuals lost before they get proper treatment outside the National Assembly premises would be saved. The reps will benefit from the upgrade, the improved level of equipment will provide relevant drugs in the clinic giving them healthy bodies in carrying out their duties to the country.
The healthcare delivery would come with benefits given the exposure the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed in health care delivery worldwide. A full-scale hospital would ensure that there was no loss of lives of individuals within the National Assembly premises. The effect of the bill will also go a long way to reduce medical tourism of Nigerians, especially to neighboring African countries.
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