Thursday, 7 February 2013

Senate Set To Amend National Health Bill - Mark

David Mark

The Senate is to carry out further legislative amendment on the National Health Bill  to make it all embracing on all health matters.

 This is because some aspects of health matters especially in the area of renal diseases such as kidney, liver and heart were not covered in the initial bill, yet to be accented by  President Goodluck Jonathan.

Senate President, David Mark said  this when he played host to the Executive of the Nigerian Association of Nephrologists that public hearing on the new NHIS would be held on next Monday in the National Assembly.

Senator Mark told his guests that the Senate is very mindful of all issues of health and "anything we can do by way of legislation to improve health care delivery in Nigeria would not be compromised".

 He harped on the need for all health providers to work in harmony in order to provide effective and quality health care services to the citizenry.

Earlier, the President of Nigerian Association of Nephrologists, Professor Evelyn Unuigbe raised alarm at the increasing rate of Chronic kidney diseases in the country especially  among the youth between the ages of 25 and 40 years.

 According to Unuigbe, "Although, there are no accurate data and no national renal registry on Nigeria, data from small scale community studies have found that the prevalence of CKD in adults ranges from 19% to 30%".

 Unuigbe advocated for the establishment of National Renal Institute which will be a center of excellence for Renal care in Nigeria.

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