Kogi State House of Assembly has called for the urgent reopening of the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja in the interest of those accessing medical attention at the centre.
The House maintained that the continued closure of Federal Medical Centre Lokoja which was shut down in July this year due to alleged invasion of thugs is not in the best interest of the people of the state.
The call followed a motion of urgent public importance by the member representing Lokoja one constituency, Tenimu Umar on the deteriorating health situation of the people of the state due to the prolonged closure of the hospital.
The lawmaker said cases that that were ordinarily treatable at the Centre are now being referred to Abuja thereby putting an extra financial burden on the people of the state.
He appealed to the state government to wade in the matter to ensure the quick reopening of the Centre to enable the people of the state access medicare with less stress.
After exhaustive debate on the matter, the House resolved to intervene on the matter and mandated its Committee on Health to interface with the management of the FMC, Federal Ministry of Health and the State Ministry of Health to ensure speedy resolution of all issues involved.
Ruling on the motion, the Speaker, Prince Matthew Kolawole directed the House Committee on Health to interface with all relevant stakeholders and report to the House within one week.
It would be recalled that some armed thugs invaded the Federal Medical Centre Lokoja in July and allegedly carted away cash, laptops and handsets, among other valuables.
The development made the management of the Medical Centre to shut down the only Federal Health Facility in the State for more than two months now