Why ODSG may sanction public health facilities – Commissioner
By Kemi Olatunde
In its bid to ensure provision of quality drug and health commodities, Ondo State Government has ordered all public health facilities to henceforth procure their drug and Health Commodities from the newly established Ondo State Drug and Health Commodities Agency (ODCHMA)
Commissioner for Health, Dr Banji Awolowo Ajaka gave the order during the opening ceremony of a 5 -day training programme tagged: “sensitization and training of stakeholders on operationalization of Ondo State Drug and Health Commodities Management Agency” in Akure.
According to him, government established the agency to ensure affordability and availability of quality drug and health commodities in order to eliminate fake drugs.
While calling on all Chief Medical Directors, Medical Directors, Directors of Pharmacy, Heads of pharmacy and all logisticians in all the 18 Local Government Areas in the state to support the policy of the government, he warned that any facility not adhering to the government directive would be sanctioned and made to face the full wrath of the law as stipulated in the bills that established the Agency.
Ondo State Head of Service, Pastor Kayode Ogundele in his statement maintained that it was imperative that Drug supply chain is embedded in the health sector in the state.
He explained that that through peer review, Drug Management in states like Niger, Kano and Lagos states is working effectively urging participants not to sabotage the effort of the government but rather allow the Agency to thrive through their patronage.
In his goodwill message, member House Committee on Health, Hon. Ololade Gbegudu appreciated the Political will of the present administration for establishing the Agency despite all odds to safeguard the health of the people through access to quality and affordable drugs in the state.
He therefore urged all gatekeepers to own the Agency as it would benefit the entire citizens of the state.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr (Mrs) Folukemi Aladenola urged the workers to work together with the Agency in order for it to achieve its mandate, reiterating that ” the Drug and Health Commodities Management Agency is for the benefit of all of us, not just our clients, even we, as health workers. Once we have drugs in our facilities, it will boost the confidence of our patients in us and we will have job satisfaction that our facilities are not just mere consulting rooms”
Administrative Secretary, Ondo State Hospitals’ Management Board, Dr Ayodele Adiji urged all health workers to support the Agency in order for it to succeed while also advising facilities owing the Agency to pay up.
Director-General, Ondo State Contributory Health Commission, Dr Abiodun Oyeneyin noted that the establishment of the agency was one of the great achievement of the present administration in the state stating that it would fill a major gap in the health sector of the state.
He assured of the commission’s collaboration with the Agency in order for it to thrive.