Stakeholders in Gombe State have expressed full support for the establishment of a new Federal Medical Center (FMC) in Deba, in order to bridge the existing gap between the provision of primary, secondary and tertiary health care in the ‘Gombe State.
They spoke separately on Tuesday in Abuja at a public hearing on the Federal Medical Center Deba Bill 2021, hosted by the Senate Health Committee.
The tertiary medical establishment, according to the sponsor of the bill, Senator Danjuma Goje (APC, Gombe Central), will provide facilities for diagnosis, preventive, curative and rehabilitative services in medical treatment as well as training medical.
He reiterated that the legislation was based on the need to bridge the gap between the provision of primary, secondary and tertiary health care in the state and in Nigeria as a whole.
Meanwhile, speaking at the public hearing, Minister of State for Health Olorunnimbe Mamora said that there is a policy for federal tertiary hospitals to adopt at least two full health centers or state-owned primary health care centers in senatorial areas.
This, he said, is in line with existing policy that requires federal hospitals to do so.
LEADERSHIP reports that the proposed CMF will require around 1 billion naira to be put in place, if the bill is passed and sanctioned.
At the hearing organized by the Senate Health Committee, Mamora told the panel that while the quest to improve access to quality health services is a good idea, federal medical centers have not of “law” guiding their creation and regulations for the time being.
The âLaw on University Hospitalsâ is in the process of being adopted for this purpose.
He also explained that the policy for establishing federal medical centers is to establish them in states where there are no federal teaching hospitals.
The minister said the policy has already been accomplished and that the federal government is discouraged from engaging in the proliferation of tertiary health care facilities – as this will put additional pressure on scarce resources for funding and scaling up. existing facilities.
âGombe State already has a federal tertiary hospital called Federal Teaching Hospital, Gombe (FTHG). In addition, there is a policy for federal tertiary hospitals to adopt at least two comprehensive health centers or state government-owned primary health care centers in senatorial areas to improve the delivery of health care. and capacity building.
âFTH, Gombe should be strengthened and mandated to adopt comprehensive health centers in every senatorial area in Gombe State,â he added.
Additionally, state community leader Daniel Maddo briefed the Senate panel on a similar bill recently passed in the House of Representatives for the establishment of the Billiri Federal Medical Center in Gombe State.
The law, he said, was passed in July and sent to the Senate for approval on September 16, 2021.
While wondering why the Senate committee was not aware, he said the legislation deserves serious consideration because it represents an attempt to improve access to tertiary health care for local government residents.
Other stakeholders, who made presentations, argued that the state has only one tertiary medical center and the population has grown too large for the facility due to the large influx of people. from neighboring states following the insurgency in the Northeast region, hence the need to establish a new CMF in Deba.