House Directs Ministry of Health to Convert Daura General Hospital to FMCMembers of the Committee on facility assessment for the conversion of General Hospital Daura

Paschal Emeka, Abuja

The House of Representatives has directed the Federal Ministry of Health to reconsider the process of converting Daura General Hospital to the Federal Medical Centre in the public interest.

This is a result of a motion of urgent public importance sponsored by Hon. Babangida Ibrahim on Thursday during plenary, on the need to relocate the upgraded General Hospital, Daura to Funtua as a Federal Medical Centre.

He informed the House about the recent approval to convert the General Hospital Daura to a Federal Medical Centre following the upgrade of the Federal Medical Centre Katsina to a University Teaching Hospital.

The lawmaker further noted that the new Federal Medical Centre, Daura was included in the 2023 budget estimates presented by the President to the National Assembly.

“Aware that in August 2019, the Federal Government established Nigerian Air Force Reference Hospital as a World Class facility to address the constant medical tourism abroad in search of the best medical services.

“Worried that the interest of the large populace in Kastina State will be adversely affected if the sited Federal Medical Centre is left in Daura despite the presence of the Air Force Reference Hospital and its geographical proximity to Katsina.

“Also, worried that only Funtua Senatorial District lacks the presence of a Federal Medical facility despite its geographical distance from such facilities available in the State,” he said.

The House, therefore, resolved to urge the Federal Ministry of Health to reconsider the process of converting Daura General Hospital to the Federal Medical Centre in the public interest and also urge the Federal Ministry of Health to facilitate the relocation of the Federal Medical Centre to Funtua being the only Senatorial District without a federal health tertiary institution with immediate effect.

Furthermore, the House mandates the Committees on Healthcare Services and Legislative compliance to ensure compliance.

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