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Nigerian Senate has passed a bill amending the Nursing and Midwifery Act

Nigerian Senate

The Senate passed a bill amending the Nursing and Midwifery Act on Tuesday.

The National Maternal and Paternal Death Surveillance and Response Bill was also passed.

The Red Chamber also passed four legislation for second reading, including one that clarifies the administration and management of the federal government-owned unification schools.

Senator Hassan Mohammed Gusau sponsored "The Nursing and Midwifery (Registration etc) Act, CAP N143 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, (Amendment) Bill," which was enacted.

Senator Ibrahim Yahaya Oloriegbe's National Maternal and Paternal Death Surveillance and Response Bill was also passed.

The passage of both bills followed the Committee on Health's examination of two different reports (Secondary and Tertiary).

In his presentation, the Chairman of the Committee, Oloriegbe, stated that the revision to the main Act was appropriate because it was a result of the Nursing Act of 1979 and the Midwives Act of 1966.

He noted that the Act had been revised in 1988, 1989, and 1992, rendering it obsolete, particularly in light of new developments in the health-care industry.

“Being the only legal, administrative, corporate and statutory body charged with specific functions to ensure the safe delivery and effective nursing and midwifery care to the public, it is necessary to have in place a legal framework mandating the Council to regulate the standards of practice of nursing and midwifery in Nigeria.

“Therefore, a review of such standards from time to time to meet the changing health needs of the society is what this bill sets out to achieve,” Oloriegbe said.

According to him, the bill aims to eliminate outdated provisions and empower the council to regulate nursing and midwifery standards in Nigeria by ensuring the availability of high-quality nursing and midwifery education, maintaining a high standard of professional nursing and midwifery practice, and enforcing discipline within the profession.

Oloriegbe explained in another presentation that the bill for an Act to provide for effective maternal and perinatal death surveillance, review, and prevention seeks to establish a regulatory framework for a National Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance Response (MPDSR) under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Health.

He noted that if the bill is passed into law, it will allow the ministry to form a committee to ensure that all maternal and paternal deaths are routinely identified and reported, as well as required notification of all maternal and perinatal deaths through a program set up for the purpose.

A measure to establish guidelines for the management and administration of federal government unity schools received second reading in the Red Chamber on Tuesday.

Senator Enagi Bima was the bill's sponsor (Niger South).

Three bills to create the Federal College of Agriculture in Abua/Odual, Rivers State; the Federal College of Forestry Technology in Ofosu-Onisere, Ondo State; and the Nigerian Independent Warehouse Regulatory Agency were also passed for second reading.

Senators Betty Apiafi (Rivers West), Ayo Akinyelure (Ondo Central), and Suleiman Sadiq Umar (Kwara North) sponsored the three measures.

Following consideration, the four bills were referred to the Committees on Education (Basic and Secondary); Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND; Agriculture and Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND; and Trade and Investments and Industry by Deputy Senate President Ovie Omo-Agege, who presided over plenary.

Within four weeks, the committees are anticipated to report back to plenary.

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