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Posted by: Idowu Olabode
« on: January 11, 2017, 01:43:43 PM »

The house yesterday rejected a proposal to establish the office of the surgeon general of the federation. The lawmakers, through a voice vote discarded the bill to set up an office of surgeon-general of the federation.

The bill, according to Abiodun Dada Awoleye, APC, Oyo, the sponsor, was intended to legalise the establishment of the office that would advise the president, ministers of health and the legislature on matters of health.

The office, Awoleye said, would further provide health information and health policy analysis, as well as conduct advocacy campaigns on public health matters and generate data for the planning and implementation of intervention over any public health issues.

During the debate, Ossai Nicholas Ossai, PDP, Delta, who was the first to criticise the bill, said the health ministry was currently generating data of all health plans, implementation and impact levels, and warned against raising tensions and acrimony in the sector.

Johnson Agbonayima (PDP, Edo) opposed the bill for its timing. He said the country was at the moment going through financial difficulties, hence needless to consider the establishment of additional agency that would require financing.

Source : The Guardian