MDS Logistics, a division of UACN Plc, recently commissioned a N100 million pharmaceutical distribution hub to serve the northern axis of the country in the commercial city of Kano.
The idea behind setting up drugs distribution centre, according toDivisional Managing Director, MDS Logistics, Mr. Solomon Aigbavboa, is in response to demands for secured, controlled, professional and specialized pharmaceutical logistics services especially in developing countries where significant challenges are faced by ill-equipped and underfunded health systems.
Aigbavboa explained that the Pharma hub would provide the much needed “solution to the problems of faking and counterfeiting, disregard for ethics, improper handling of pharmaceutical products and other practices which tend to compromise the integrity of the products”
Director General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Dr Paul Orhii, special guest at the event, promised fake drug dealers hard times ahead. He disclosed that NAFDAC was set to sanitize Phama distribution through mandatory compliance with an array of regulations.
Principal among the regulations would be an insistence that drugs manufactured or imported into Nigeria be channeled through recognized distribution centres like the MDS Pharma hubs.
Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, UACN Plc,Mr. Larry Ettah, explained that uacn group had always embarked on businesses that cater for societal good, in consonance with the corporate philosophy of doing good. He explained that the MDS Pharmaceutical hub in Kano is second after a similar one that was set up in Abuja two years ago.
Managing Director, Society for Family Health (SFH), Sir Bright Ekweremadu, chairman of the event, attested to the efficacy of not only the MDS Pharmaceutical Distribution business, but as well its logistics operations, which accounted for the over decade old collaboration with SFH.
There were several dignitaries at the event, among them officials of Kano State’s Ministry of Health, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria and other Regulatory agencies.
There were also representatives of leading pharmaceutical companies which are MDS clients as – Society for Family Health, GSK Pharmaceuticals, RTT Trans Africa (PEPFAR), Pfizer Global Pharmaceuticals, Cipla Evans, SKG Pharma, Emzor Pharmaceuticals, Juhel Pharmaceuticals, Swisspha, Federal Min of Health, NACA, etc.