22 January 2013

Nigeria: David Mark Pledges Speedy Passage of National Health Bill

Senator President David Mark yesterday in Asaba, Delta State, promised a speedy passage of the National Health Bill currently pending at the Senate.

Senator Mark disclosed this while declaring open the first Nigeria Medical Association Health Summit holding in Asaba.

The Senate President commended the progress made by the Osahon Enabulele-led executive and plegded the support of lawmakers.

According to him: "I want to assure that the Senate has been impressed and will work speedily to ensure that the National Health Bill is passed to provide development in the health scheme."

He urged various health sector unions to co-exist peaceful and amicably rather than engaging in "frivolous war" just as he commended the association for its supportive roles during the flood disaster(s) that ravaged some state(s) of the country.

In his keynote address, the Minster of health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, contended that goernment alone could not provide for the health needs of the populace, saying the private sector had a role to play.

'The gap must be filled by a vibrant private sector," he said.

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