The Senate has passed a bill that enables the Federal Government to own the staff, assets and liabilities of the Holley Memorial Hospital Ocahadamu, Kogi State.
The passage of the bill came after the consideration of a report by the Senate Committee on Health (Secondary and Tertiary).
The bill, sponsored by Senator Isah Jibrin, representing Kogi West wants the Holley Memorial Hospital to be upgraded to a Federal Eye Centre for the purpose of promoting eye care in Kogi State and environs.
Chairman of the Committee on Health, Yahaya Oloriegbe, in his presentation, said that the National Eye Centre in Kaduna is the only specialized hospital for eye care in the country established by the Federal Government.
He said, “The new Centre when established will support the management of myriad of eye diseases such as cataract, glaucoma, blindness and visual impairments that afflict many Nigerians.”
The bill was passed by the chamber after a clause-by-clause consideration of the report on it by the Committee of the Whole.