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Thursday, 2 March 2017

Reps move to improve rural healthcare


The House of Representatives on Thursday said it would investigate the lack of healthcare services in the country’s rural communities to ensure affordable healthcare for the rural poor.
The decision stemmed from a unanimous adoption of a motion by Rep. Oladipo Adebutu (Ogun-PDP) at the plenary.
Moving the motion earlier, Adebutu had said that rural communities served as source of agricultural production, which placed them favourable in the quest to achieve food security.
He said that about 80 per cent of farmers and food processors resided in rural areas.
The lawmaker said that agriculture was pivotal to the diversification policy of the Federal Government, hence, the need to ensure good health for farmers and other rural dwellers.
According to him, the policy intends to grow the economy as well as raising the agricultural share of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 23 per cent.
He said that the right to health was a basic human right and that poor health condition was a serious constraint to agricultural production.
Adebutu said that low life expectancy, high maternal and infant mortality and malnutrition remained high due to lack of equity in planning and distribution of healthcare facilities.
He said that the desired agricultural production and agriculture-induced development would be threatened if government did not review its healthcare implementation strategies.
After the debate and adoption of the motion, the house mandated the Committees on Rural Development, and Healthcare Services to investigate and report back within eight weeks.

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