The Senate has on Tuesday listened to the third reading of the bill seeking the Establishment of Modibbo Adama University Teaching Hospital, MAUTH Yola, Bill 2021 (SB 630), sponsored by Senator Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed, popularly known as Binani, representing Adamawa Central.
This is coming when the bill has passed third reading and waiting to be assented into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Senator Binani subscribes to the philosophy that health is wealth hence has been so aggressive in agitating for the upgrading and establishment of healthcare service delivery centres where they are most deserved, whether or not in her immediate constituency.
Binani has among other bills, was commended for sponsoring the bill that facilitated the expansion of Modibbo Adama University of Technology to a conventional university as well as establishment a medical college in the institution.
Binani it was, who also sponsored a bill for the establishment of Federal Medical Centre in Mubi, northern senatorial distinct of the state, supporting a bill sponsored at the lower chamber of the national assembly, by Hon. Jafar Magaji, representing Mubi North, Mubi South and Maiha federal constituency.
A bill most favoured at public hearing and at the Senate in spite of it being “politically?” challenged by certain people, a political analyst considered as posing merely to win however deceptive, the interest of their constituencies they ought to have initiated other developmental projects.
Binani has also sponsored a bill for the establishment of the National Dermatology (Specialist) Hospital Bill, 2021
The amiable Amazon has via her Facebook page Tuesday, revealed that “the Modibbo Adama University, Yola Teaching Hospital Bill, 2021 has been graciously passed today by the Senate.
“It is the Bill I sponsored to Establish a Teaching Hospital in Yola Adamawa state to supplement the smooth running of Medical courses in our newly approved conventional University and provide advance medical services to our people.
“I thank my colleagues for their consistent support.
Below is the full text of the MAUTH, Binani’s sponsored Bill, 2021 (SB 630):
LEAD DEBATE ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF MODIBBO ADAMA UNIVERSITY TEACHING HOSPITAL, YOLA, BILL 2021 (SB 630).
Sponsosr: Senator Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed (Binani) Adamawa Central.
Mr. President, Distinguished Colleagues,
This Bill is a follow-up of my motion to upgrade the FMC Yola to a University Teaching Hospital which was passed on the 11th July, 2019 after a unanimous decision by this hallowed chamber.
In the motion, I drew the attention of this red chamber to the precarious health conditions of my people that necessitates the presence of a teaching hospital.
These conditions have far reaching consequences that affect everyone in the state.
Conditions such as the proximity of a teaching hospital to Adamawa State in terms of distance, time and money is one of the major hindrances that have contributed to the poor healthcare delivery in the state.
Unlike other states where citizens can reach these services within a distance of 100km, Adamawa State residents, many of whom are very low income earners, are compelled to travel over 344km to Bauchi, 400km to Maiduguri, 500km to Jos and 800km to Abuja to access this health care service.
Considering that farming and grazing are the major occupation of the people, the financial implications of reaching such medical care is beyond them.
As a result it has become common place for citizens to give up on loved ones to die from preventable diseases either at home, on the way to or few hours after arriving lower Hospitals.
Consequently, preventable hospital deaths have become one of the problems confronting the people of Adamawa State.
It is on record that the maternal mortality rate at FMCY is higher (7.2%) than the National average (5.7%) with most deaths occurring within 24 hours of admission.
This is in addition to the ever increasing under-five mortality rate and other preventable deaths resulting from high risk epidemic outbreaks involving malaria, Lassa fever, acute watery diarrhea, acute respiratory infection, measles, yellow fever, meningitis, cholera, malnutrition, etc. that the presence of a teaching hospital can ameliorate.
Additionally, the growing population of the people has outmatched the medical care service provided in the state.
Presently, there are about 11 specialist physicians and surgeons to about 4 million people compared to about 105 specialists physicians and surgeons to 5million people in Borno, about 80 medical officers/residents to 4 million in Adamawa as against 108 to 5 million in Borno.
The presence of a Teaching Hospital in Yola will provide the medical facilities, specialists physicians and surgeons, residents, medical officers/ doctors and train student doctors to take charge of most needed services.
Adamawa State’s 4 million population compares favorably with the population of Abia and Ebonyi states with 3 million and 2 million respectively which already have teaching hospitals.
More so, the commencement of taught medical courses at Modibo Adama University makes the establishment of a teaching hospital a necessity for both teachers and students.
This Bill, when passed, will have no immediate financial burden on the Federal Government treasury as the facilities for the immediate take off of the proposed Modibbo Adama University Teaching Hospital, Yola are already in place.
The Federal Medical Centre has over 250 beds which is over and above University of Uyo’s 250 beds at the time of its transformation to a teaching hospital. Minimal financial input is required since the hospital already has 20 specialists in different fields including intern doctors, pharmacists, and laboratory scientists; fully equipped laboratory services including histopathology, physiotherapy, ethology, orthopedic and hematology.
The presence of a university teaching hospital is desirable, understanding that such Federal service will usher in business and employment opportunities to the large number of unemployed youth in the state.
I call on you therefore to unanimously support this Bill as you did the motion in order to reduce the cries and suffering of my people- the people of Adamawa State. Thank you.