Drug management ’ll reduce wastages – FG
By Kemi Olatunde
As part of efforts put in place to improve the quality of health care delivery in Nigeria, the Federal Government is developing an essential drug management manual for the improvement of drug management, especially at the Primary Health Care(PHC) level.
Representative of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Abubakar Mohammed disclosed this at the opening ceremony of a three day residential training on Essential Drug Management (EDM) by the Ondo State Primary Health Care Development Agency (OSPHCDA) in Akure.
Describing the PHC as the bedrock of health care delivery system in Nigeria, he noted that it is important to have a document which will be helpful to people at that level to improve on their drug management in order to reduce overstocking, wastages and expired drugs.
While stating that the process is almost completed and it will be circulated as soon as necessary measures have been put in place, he noted that drug occupies a good part of the country’s health care system hence the need to improve the capacity of drug managers.
He commended the state government for its support for the Nigerian States Health Investment Project (NSHIP) and appealed that government sustains it.
Declaring the event opened, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Wahab Adegbenro who stressed the need for training and retraining of the state workforce, stated that the importance of essential drug management cannot be over- emphasised noting that there is need to understand the drug and also have general knowledge of medicine.
Adegbenro who described fake drugs as one of the major challenges in the country, explained that the state government is putting in place measures to get rid of fake drugs in the state, noting that it has procured a scan machine for the detection of both fake and adulterated drugs.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Health, Dr. Jibayo Adeyeye stated that drugs constitute more than 50 percent of the state health care delivery system.
Speaking with The Hope, Project Coordinator, NSHIP, Dr. Paulinus Omode noted that EDM is very key in health care delivery globally.
In his welcome address, Executive Secretary, Ondo State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Francis Akanbiemu described essential drug management as one of the six pillars of health care system.
He explained that the training is aimed at bringing improvement to the health sector through the provision of qualitative health care delivery to citizens of the state.
Lead trainer for the state EDM training, Pharm.(Mrs) Foluke Aladenola noted that the event is aimed at enabling participants familiarise themselves with the best practices obtainable globally.
She noted that it is important to have a standard of pharmaceutical operation across the country.
Ondo State Coordinator, NAFDAC, Mr Kenneth Azikiwe stated that NAFDAC considers personnel enhancement as key to drug management noting that it is important to have adequately trained personnel to manage drugs.
Chairman, Ondo State Task Force on Fake and Counterfeit drugs, Pharm Olugbenga Lasekan stressed the need for zero tolerance for expirees saying “we don’t want expirees, out of stock or under stock of commodities.”
Also speaking, Chairman, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Ondo State chapter, Dr. Abiodun Aiyeku, commended Ondo State government for improving on essential drug management in the state which according to him will go a long way in improving the health sector.