North central States comprising of Benue, Plateau, Niger, Nasarawa and Kogi have less concentration of medical facilities in the country as well as low level of personnel attending to patients.
This was made known by Prof.Muhammed Yahaya Kuta while was speaking at the public hearing of a bill for an act to establish a Federal University of and Health Sciences , Bida , Niger State
The bill was introduced by Hon.Saidu Musa Abdul representing of Bida/Gbako and Katcha Federal constituency at the National Assembly.
According to Prof.Yahaya, the Who Health Organization, WHO ‘s recommendation was 1 doctor to 600 persons but unfortunately in North Central States it is 1 doctor to 9000 patients.
The Prof therefore commended Hon Saidu Yahay for introducing the bill which seek to site a University of Health and Medical Science in Bida.
He erudite Educational icon believes that once the University is established, it would provide more doctors to meet the desired healthcare services.
He also added that with a population of 200 million , the country needs more health institutions which can provide learning and teaching environment that is conducive with well motivates staff.
“Finally, I have the belief that with the population 200 million, we still have more opportunities to provide institutions that can provide learning and teaching environment that is conducive with well-motivated staff, excellent equipment, for both teaching and learning, research and indeed with the current level of health tourism, moving to other countries with less endowments in terms of human and material resources for health tourism is unacceptable. And these are the kind of windows that can change all for good for Nigeria. NASS must help our universities with new funding mechanism and accountability formula to save the nation’s human capital development agenda”.
He further explained that with a huge expanse of land, Bida is well positioned to host the Federal University of Health and Medical Science.
The prof thanked the Governor Niger State, Governor Sani Bello , the Etsu of Nupe Alhaji Dr Yahaya Abubakar who was present at the open hearing .
In attendance were the
Deputy Chairman House Committee on Finance, Hon. Saidu Musa Abdullahi Member House of Representative representing Bida/Gboko/Katcha Fediral Constituency Niger State.
Chairman African Patron International Institute of Certified Francis Investigation Professional Incorporated (IICFIP) Dr. Malami Shehu Ma’aji. Dr.Osagie Ohanire
Representative of Speaker, Deputy Chief Whio Hon. Onyecha, Former Governor of Niger State, Dr. Babangida Aliyu, Professor Jery Gana and Deputy Governor of Niger State