The Senate on Wednesday considered a bill seeking to revive an international hospital that would specifically focus on the treatment of leprosy, skin cancer and other skin related diseases.
The National Dermatology (Specialist) Hospital Bill, 2021, which scaled second reading during plenary was sponsored by Senator Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed (APC, Adamawa Central).
and urgently needed to fill the gap, and the Dermatology Hospital, Garkida, Adamawa State, naturally fits all the requirements for a National Dermatology Hospital.
She added that the National Dermatology Hospital in Garkida would ensure Skin cancer experts and other areas of skin conditions will be produced from the academic section of the National Dermatology Hospital.
“The Hospital will allow speciality care providers focus on particular areas of care in which they have extensive training and education.
“The tears and frustration expressed by patients with pigmentary disorders and the psychological impact of these disorders will be effectively handled by the Hospital,” she said.
Contributing to the debate, the Chief Whip, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu (APC, Abia North), who supported the bill, expressed concern that the “zone has been chemicalized and a lot of skin diseases are coming out of that zone as result of the bullets used by Boko Haram.”
Other Senators who spoke in favour of the establishment of the National Dermatology Hospital are the Deputy Leader, Ajayi Boroffice and Senator Ibikunle Amosun (APC, Ogun Central).
The bill after scaling second reading was referred by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, to the Committee on Heath for further legislative action.
The Committee which is chaired by Senator Yahaya Oloriegbe (APC, Kwara Central) is expected to report back within four weeks.