Awka-Anambra State Health Commissioner, Dr Vincent Okpala says Anambra will continue to partner the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Anambra Chapter in providing quality healthcare services delivery to Ndi Anambra.
Dr Okpala said this when members of PSN, Anambra chapter paid him a courtesy visit in his office at the Jerome Udoji Secretariat Complex, Awka.
The commissioner commended members of PSN for the visit, noting that the challenges listed by the chairman would be properly looked into.
Your profession paid my school fees. For me Pharmacy as a profession is important to society as you are committed to the discharge of their duties.”
He explained that the ministry had taken into consideration challenges mentioned by chairman, which according to him; if not properly tackled would cause serious setbacks to the health sector.
Our mandate is for Ndi Anambra to receive quality Healthcare services and state Government is supporting the ministry to accomplish this.
We are looking at meeting our target, especially in aspect of immunisation in the state and to ensure that the Primary Healthcare Centres in the state are functional.
You people should also push for quality Control Laboratory to be built in the state.”
He adds: If NAFADAC does not have Laboratory Centre in Onitsha to test for good or fake drugs, how will they be able to identify good or fake drugs?”
We cannot properly ascertain if people at Ogbogwu Market, Onitsha sell fake drugs; but once we have them in place it will help to eliminate fake drugs in the state.”
Mr Patrick Obi, Chairman PSN Anambra chapter, said the Association would continue to partner with the ministry to safeguard the health of Ndi Anambra in the area of quality drug distribution.
He noted that the Association was looking forward to more robust collaboration with the ministry so as to ensure quality healthcare service delivery in the state.
The Anambra PSN Chairman listed some of the pressing needs facing the Association to include the need to expedite action on establishment of Coordinated Wholesale Centre (CWC) at Oba.
You must be aware of the decision of the Federal Government to relocate open drug markets in the country to Coordinated Wholesale Centres.
Federal Government has selected four states in the country to establish one CWC per state as a pilot scheme.
Although federal and state governments have given approval for establishment of CWC at Oba since 2016, work has yet to commence at the site,” he added.
Obi appealed to the commissioner to step up efforts at ensuring that the construction of CWC project in the state would be completed.
The CWC when completed will help to stem the circulation of fake drugs, forestall unsavory economic and social effects.
There is urgent need to kick-start the state centralised Drug Revolving Fund (DRF) scheme.
The scheme ensures sustained availability, accessibility of affordable quality and efficacious drugs in the Public Healthcare facilities.
He adds: Operationalising the State Drug Quality Control Laboratory to ascertain the quality of drugs received into the State Central Pharmaceutical Stores for onward distribution to the state Public Healthcare Facilities.
We are aware that Gov. Willie Obiano in his wisdom has provided moral, financial support for the establishment of this programme but until now, none has taken off.
We urge you to rekindle efforts at kick-starting this laudable health programme, so as to avail Ndi Anambra of the inherent benefits.”
Mrs Chisom Uchem, on behalf of the association thanked the commissioner for receiving them.
She also congratulated him for his new assignment, while urging him to maintain his good work.
Source: Anambra State Government