Senator Ibrahim Yahya Oloriegbe presents the bill for Emergency Medical Services Agency

Senator Ibrahim Yahya Oloriegbe presents the bill for Emergency Medical Services Agency

By Kingsley Okoye/Abuja

The Senate on Tuesday passed a bill to establish a National Emergency Medical Services Agency, following its consideration of a report by the Committee on Health Secondary and Tertiary at plenary.

Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Ibrahim Yahya Oloriegbe (APC-Kwara), in his presentation, said the bill seeks to, among others, ensure that all Nigerians have access to early, good and quality emergency medical service, and critical care, when needed.

When established, he said the agency would provide assistance for the development of comprehensive area emergency medical services system in Nigeria.

“Mr. President and distinguished colleagues, the country lacks a robust emergency healthcare service.

“Therefore, our legislative mandate to establish one at this time will improve our decaying healthcare system through the provision of better and reliable institutional framework for an effective and efficient emergency medical service in Nigeria,”Oloriegbe said.