The House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the health sector and allocate significant votes to it in the 2024 budget estimates.
This followed a motion by Representative Fayinka Oluwatoyin, APC-Lagos, during plenary in Abuja.
He said the lack of medical equipment, drugs, qualified personnel, electrical systems, beds, and road networks had increased the death toll in healthcare centers.
The House in its resolution urged the Federal Ministry of Health to encourage states to resuscitate the comatose primary healthcare programs at the grassroots level and also provide qualitative and affordable Medicare for the masses.
The House further urged the Federal Ministry of Health, in collaboration with State ministries, LGAs, and other stakeholders, to establish a task force to eradicate sharp medical malpractice, particularly in rural areas.
The motion was titled, “Need for the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHDA) to collaborate with relevant health agencies in states and Local Governments to ensure the functionality of Primary Healthcare Centres.”