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No law to regulate health sector in Nigeria – Senator

By Tordue Salem

Abuja- A member of the Senate Committee on Health, Senator Gyang Dalyop Dantong (PDP, Plateau) has regretted the lack of a law to regulate the health sector in Nigeria.

Mr. Dantong made the sad revelation at a two-day Health Professionals’ Fellowship Programme, held in Abuja on a need for a solid Primary Health Care base in Nigeria .  “Since independence (in 1960), we have not had a law to regulate the health sector in Nigeria ”, he said.

The lawmaker, however, added that the Senate and its House of Representatives counterpart were rounding off work on a Bill to regulate the health sector, with a “strong emphasis on Primary Health Care”, which is yet to be signed into law by President Umaru Yar’Adua.

The Coordinator of the fellowship, sponsored by USAID, Mrs. Chioma Ogbuozor in her remarks, said the professional Group came up to fill the gap in primary health care by building the capacity of medical doctors and other health workers to carry out their functions more effectively in the sector.

“We have trained about 81 health professionals already and we are training 33 for this programme. We are trying to see how we can contribute to strengthening the health sector.

The basic thing is to make them better doctors and nurses”, she said, adding that “the trainees were selected from 6 geo-political zones, we are still training. We want to train as many as possible”.


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