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Enugu to set up drug management agency

Enugu—Enugu State Government has concluded plans to set up a drug management agency as part of efforts to provide qualitative drugs at affordable rates.

Dr Moses Otiji, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, who made the disclosure in Enugu, yesterday said “When inaugurated, the agency will ensure that drugs sold in the state pass through the Central Medical Store before being sold  to the public.’’

Otiji added that government would also set up a monitoring team to forestall the diversion of the drugs by operators of the drug agency.

“These are part of plans to complement the Drug Revolving Fund, DRF, designed to make drugs available and affordable to the people,” he said.

He disclosed that two officials of the ministry, who had been running parallel drug stores in some communities, had been arrested.

On recent outbreak of cholera at Uduma community, Aninri Local Government Area, Otiji said the problem had been brought under control with intensified provision of water supply to the area.

The permanent secretary said that Enugu was adjudged the best in the South-East in the coverage of the just-concluded second phase of immunisation against polio and other child-killer diseases.

He said that government reactivated the Directly Observed Treatment Stop for the treatment of Tuberculosis.

“Enugu is doing very well in the area of health care delivery. We are the first to introduce the District Health Care Delivery System to replace the ward system, which today have been replicated at three other states,’’ he explained.

He said that it was in line with the above that the government embarked on the construction of a 200-bed hospital that would be a one stop-shop facility on healthcare delivery.


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