Nigeria Will Soon Commence With The Production Of Essential Drug Locally – President Assures

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Nigeria is a country blessed with enough resources waiting to be explored. Manufacturing of essential drugs locally will add great values to the health sector of the country as drugs will be available at our disposal and it will be another means of adding positively to the economy growth of the country thereby eliminating the cost of importation of drugs. On the other hand, the government cannot do it alone; supports from the citizens is required.
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Nigeria will soon commence with the production of essential drugs locally, President Muhammadu Buhari has assured. Speaking through his special assistant on media and publicity while addressing pharmaceutical companies in the country in Abuja on Tuesday, President Buhari noted that the government will provide them with the necessary supports to enable them carry out this production, instead of relying on wholesale importation. The team constituted by the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library to develop an agenda for the health sector in the country led by Professor Olu Akinkugbe, with the president at the Presidential Villa, Abuja

Buhari recalled that the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) which he headed in the 1990s, developed what was referred to as ‘institutional strengthening’ which enabled the PTF support pharmaceutical companies with resources to aid local production of drugs. He said: “We can revisit the experience. We can strengthen pharmaceutical companies to produce essential drugs needed in the country locally. We can then be sure of the quality of such medications.” He also spoke about the privatization of healthcare institutions as is being mooted in some quarters, stressing that there is need to be careful and take a look at the state of development of the country before considering that option.
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