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Dayo Ojerinde

The Commissioner for Health, Kaduna State, Dr. Amina Baloni, advocated a public-private partnership in health delivery in the country.

Baloni, in a statement on Thursday, said ensuring access to affordable health consumables at the health facilities and achieving optimal quantities of life-saving commodities available at warehouses across states should remain the priority in Nigeria’s healthcare system. She was quoted to have spoken at a leadership breakfast meeting held in Lagos last week.

The breakfast meeting, according to the statement was organised by the Africa Resource Center for Excellence in Supply Chain Management and was hosted by the Commissioners for Health from several states, Executive Secretaries of State Drug Management Agencies, Chief Executive Officers of indigenous pharmaceutical companies, private sector stakeholders and representatives from development partners including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID and IFC/World Bank.

“Due to the PPP between the state and the local pharma companies facilitated by ARC_ESM, Kaduna State has been able to increase the availability of essential medicines and strengthen the supply chain systems in the state.

“There is the need for states to leverage technology and other innovations to address challenges with last-mile distribution, particularly to hard-to-reach areas due to difficult terrains or insecurity eliminating delays in delivery of lifesaving commodities and ensuring availability which will ultimately improve the key health indices in the state,” Baloni said.

The Chairman of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Group of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, Dr. Fidelis Ayebae, noted that since the initial PPP was signed between Yobe State and the local pharmaceutical companies in 2020, more states in the country are adopting the model to strengthen their supply chain and close the gap in access to medicines.

He said, “For instance, Kaduna State is able to achieve direct access to local manufacturers and shared accountability for medicine quality.”

The event also witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Sokoto and Nasarawa State Drug Management Agencies and the Local Pharma Manufacturers under PMG-MAN.

Notable dignitaries that were at the event include the Director, Department of Food and Drugs Services, Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) – Pharm. Olubunmi Aribeana; the Honorable Commissioners for Health of the following states – Lagos, Yobe, Nasarawa, Sokoto, Kano, Cross River, Ogun, Bauchi, Gombe and Borno; the CEOs of Juhel Nigeria Limited, SKG Pharma Nigeria Limited, Orfema Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd, May & Baker Nigeria Plc, Bond Chemicals Industries Ltd, Bentos Pharmaceuticals, Phamatex Pharmaceuticals, Drugfield Pharmaceuticals, Nemel Pharmaceuticals; CEO LifeBank Technology and Logistics Services Limited; Senior Health Specialist at the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group – Dr Olumide Okunola.

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