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NAFDAC law outdated – Health Minister

BY VICTORIA OJEME

ABUJA—Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, has said the law setting up the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) was outdated and obsolete.

He also stated that nine hospitals in the country, including seven government-owned and two privately-owned, had the capacity to successfully carry out kidney transplant.

The minister stressed the urgent need to review the laws governing health care delivery in the country. He said: “the law setting up NAFDAC is outdated.”

Chukwu, who said the law must be reviewed to be in line with modern reality., explained that the ministry had sent the document to the Federal Executive Council, FEC, for approval.

Giving some of the achievements of the present administration in the health sector, Prof. Chukwu pointed out that at present, nine hospitals in the country had the capacity to conduct kidney transplant, but noted that the problem was the cost.

Besides, he said open heart surgery had resumed in Nigeria this year at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, UNTH, Nsukka.

He dismissed insinuations that majority of Nigerians go abroad for treatment of minor diseases, stressing that only about five percent of the population who had the money do so.

Chukwu stated further that the Federal Government had continued to upgrade the teaching hospitals, noting that the second phase of the upgrading had been completed.

On immunization, the minister pointed out that within the last two years, the level of coverage had gone up to 78 per cent from the 45 percent achieved in 2010.

He said: “We are going to get it to 100 per cent, we are working very hard. Guinnea worm has been eradicated, and we have introduced vaccines”.


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