The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed through second reading two bills for the establishment of an orthopaedic hospital in Jos and a federal medical centre in Wase, all in Plateau State.
Both bills are sponsored by the Deputy Speaker of the House, Ahmed Wase.
According to Wase, the bill for the establishment of an orthopaedic hospital in Jos, seeks to amend the Orthopaedic Hospitals Management Board Act, 2004, to provide for the establishment of the Orthopaedic Hospital, Jos, and affiliated to the Jos University Teaching Hospital to provide specialized orthopaedic treatment and medical services.
The deputy speaker complained that the nation with an estimated population of over 200 million has only three orthopaedic hospitals, which he insisted are grossly inadequate.
Wase stated that it is imperative for an additional orthopaedic hospital to be established and sited in Jos, in order to ease the burden on the three extant orthopaedic hospitals and for the new facility to cater to the needs of the north -central zone, which presently does not have a single orthopaedic centre.
He said that “it is our belief that when there is an additional orthopaedic hospital in Jos, it will connect neighbouring states such as Nasarawa, the FCT, Kaduna, Bauchi, Gombe, Benue and Taraba, thereby enabling more persons from these areas to access specialized orthopaedic treatment and medical services.
Also, speaking on the necessity for the establishment of a federal medical centre in Wase, the deputy speaker lamented that despite the strategic location of Wase in Plateau State with its dense and growing population, it has no tertiary health facility to provide qualitative health services for the people.
“The establishment of the Federal Medical Centre, Wase will go a long way to reduce the burden on the over-stretched Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) and other health facilities within the north -central and north-eastern part of the country, and people from Bauchi, Gombe, Jos South Local Area and part of Taraba State can easily access services at the facility,” Wase said.
He noted that his constituents are in dire need of a medical centre to fill the gap and address the concern of those whose future will be guaranteed by establishing a federal medical centre.
Said Wase: “It is imperative to note that Wase as a geographic entity connects the southern and northern parts of Plateau State, and also neighbouring communities in several states including Bauchi, Nasarawa, Gombe and Taraba.
“Wase is also a rich economic zone harbouring rich deposits of mineral resources and of recent the federal government oil exploration activities which has been attracting both local and international investors to the constituency.
“It is therefore, only logical that a place of such strategic economic, cultural and geographic significance should have a health facility that can cater to the needs of its growing population.
The ongoing fight against COVID-19 is a testament to the fact that we as a nation, need more health facilities in order to adequately cater for the needs of our ever growing population.”
Both bills passed through second reading and were referred to the House Committee on Health Institutions and Healthcare Services for further legislative action.