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By Ado Hassan, Sokoto
IN its bid to ensure access to quality and affordable drugs and medicament for people in the state, the government of Sokoto state has entered into a responsive partnership with a reputable pharmaceutical company, Emzor Pharmaceuticals Limited, according to Dr. Muhammadu Ali Inname, Commissioner for Health.
Dr. Inname disclosed when he led the State government delegation to the pharmaceutical company office in Lagos.
Emzor Pharmaceuticals is a World Health Organisation (WHO) certified pharmaceutical manufacturing company.
According to the Commissioner, the visit was aired at deepening and strengthening further fruitful discussion that would guarantee and enhance robust partnership for the provision of quality and affordable medicines for health facilities in the state through the DFR scheme.
He maintained that the effort was also to ensure Free medical care for pregnant women and under 5 children while assuring the company of the state willingness to partner it for the availability of quality affordable medicines especially Maternal and Neonatal Child Health Commodities. Accordingly, Inname said the state would seek the support of the Company to promote the set up of indigenous Pharmaceutical company in the state to fulfill the desired objective of the present administration of providing quality health care to the good people of Sokoto State.
The company’s GMD, Dr Stella Okoli while receiving the delegation described Sokoto as the only state that personally requested to express it’s total commitment to partner with the state in the aspect of quality healthcare delivery through the provision of medical equipment and essential medicines for DRF, MNCH, and Immunization.
However, the team was taken through the process of drug manufacturing across production lines of the company. Other team members who spoke and appreciated the company included Permanent Secretary, Abubakar Muhammad MNI, Special Adviser to the state Governor, Hon. Chika Abubakar, DG SOSMEA, Muslim Gobir, Exexutive Director, HSMB, Buhari shehu, DPS MOH Muhammed Musa Hamiau; DPS HSMB, Alh Tukur sanyinna; DDPS, MOH, Murtala Bello and Director, PSM/State LMCU Coordinator Pharm ,BB Gobirawa. However, the team is expected to proceed to Fidson Pharmaceutical Company Plc, also in Lagos for a similar visit.
Meanwhile, the state Basic Healthcare Provision Funds(BHCPF) has accredited health facilities Baseline Assessment Training as Dr. Muhammad Ali Inname urged participants to take the training very serious and utilize the knowledge gained in the course of training.
Inname who is the state Commissioner for Health said the health facilities assessment baseline will cover 244 PHCs across the 23 LGAs in the state. Participants were drawn from 23 LGAs and some stakeholders from the Ministry of health and its MDAs.
The objective fast tracking the Basic Healthcare Provisional Fund (BHCPF) Project for Nigeria centres around providing access to basic minimum package of health services to beneficiaries through a responsive nd efficient BHCPF system.
” It will further figure out the absence of HCWM plans in most medical institutions, poor or lack of segregation of health care waste at health facility levels, poor hygiene practices in collection, storage, transportation, treatment and final disposal of healthcare waste; indiscriminate dumping of healthcare waste into public dump sites among others.”
Earlier, Alhaji Abubakar Dan Mafara, Director Planning, Health Research in the state MOH thanked in his remarks the Director Planning Health Research and statistics state Ministry of Health Alhaji Abubakar Dan Mafara commended the state government and other primary stakeholders towards actualising he programme being anchored. the State Government, the Commissioner Ministry of health and his team for their untimely supports and said without their efforts the program will not be conducted.
He tasked participants at the training to not only attend but ensure improved and sustained productivity.