The Senate on Tuesday, May 20, paid attention to the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, while he spoke about the deplorable condition of Teaching Hospitals across the federation.
The Health Minister who was summoned by the Senators on grounds of the deteriorating condition of health care facilities in teaching hospitals, was asked to brief the House on why the situation was so, and what could be done to improve on them.
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki noted that “inspite of the annual budgetary allocation to the health sector, Nigerians are still dying because of obsolete equipment and poor state of infrastructure”.
He therefore called on the Minister to open-up on what was happening and what measures could be employed to stem the spate of deaths in the country.
The call for Adewole was triggered by Senator David Umaru’s report of the the poor quality of service in teaching hospitals across the country, at the Wednesday, May 8 Plenary.
The report in Senator Umaru’s motion had it that “most teaching hospitals in the country have been overstretched, forcing patients to sleep on bare floors, plastic mats and unhygienic conditions”.
Following this, the Senate invited the Minister of Health to appear before it for questioning. It also tasked its committee on health to within one week, conduct an emergency investigative hearing on the state of healthcare services in the nation’s teaching hospitals.