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Kaduna state partners local pharma companies to supply essential medicines

By Azeez Olorunlomeru
14 November 2021   |   3:29 am
In a bid to make available quality and affordable medicines for its residents, the Kaduna State Government, through the Kaduna State Health Supplies Management Agency...

Kaduna State government officials with CEOs of local Pharmaceutical companies and CEO of ARC ESM, Azuka Okeke at the signing ceremony in Kaduna

In a bid to make available quality and affordable medicines for its residents, the Kaduna State Government, through the Kaduna State Health Supplies Management Agency (KADHSMA), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the local pharmaceutical companies under the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Group of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (PMG-MAN).

The signing of the MoU for the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) was concluded at the second MoU signing ceremony, held at the manufacturing facility of Fidson Healthcare Plc., in Ota, Ogun State. The first MoU signing ceremony took place during the Kaduna Economic and Investment Summit (KADINVEST).

The Kaduna State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Amina Mohammed Baloni, thanked the local pharmaceutical companies for trusting the government and supporting its vision.

Chairman of pharmaceutical companies, represented by PMG-MAN’s chairman, Dr. Fidelis Ayebae, commended Kaduna State Government for keying into the partnership initiative, while emphasising the pharma companies’ commitment to addressing the country’s health agenda.

He applauded the State government for adopting the PPP sponsorship of the local pharma companies and the Africa Resource Centre for Excellence in Supply Chain Management (ARC_ESM) for “midwifing” the partnership.

Ayebae said through the initiative, the local pharmaceutical companies would have access to a steady supply of high-quality and affordable health commodities through which the Kaduna State Health Supplies Management Agency aims to increase access to high-quality health services for its citizens, by ensuring constant availability of basic health care commodities across all the health facilities in the state.

Present at the signing of the MoU were the Chief Executive Officer, ARC_ESM, Azuka Okeke, the Executive Secretary of KADIPA, Hajia Umma Aboki, the Executive Secretary of PMG-MAN, Pharm Frank Mounemeh, representatives of donor agencies and other representatives from the local pharmaceutical companies.