The Senate has approved 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 session on Tuesday.
The Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Yahaya Oloriegbe (APC-Kwara), noted in his presentation, that the primary aim of the bill is to ensure that all Nigerians had access to early, good and quality emergency medical service, and critical care, when needed.
According to him, when established, 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,” he said.