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Nigeria: Minister inaugurates Primary Health Care Supply Chain Revitalization Committee
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By Biodun Folarin
March 9, 2017 14:25:52pm GMT      |      Views: 3494

WorldStage Newsonline—Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, has inaugurated Primary Health Care Supply Chain Revitalization Committee to improve the overall health outcomes in the country.

Speaking at the inauguration in Abuja on Thursday, the Minister who also commissioned 100 units of power kits donated to the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), commended the Executive Director of (NPHCDA) for keying into solo agenda, while assuring the agencies of it continuous support.

 “As part of our effort to revitalize of the health system, we recognize that positioning the primary health system is the way forward. It’s a way of translating the APC agenda and the manifesto simply stated, accessible heath care system within 3 to 5 kilometer radius, affordable health care to the people.

“The committee is simply clear to guide and advice government on PHC supply system chain, trending issues including procurement storage distribution and monitoring of commodities, make recommendations to the government on the best way to ensure affordable pricing for PHC commodities, develop strategic and implementation plans to guild capacity development in terms of required  human resources and good manufacturing practice to supply chain and logistic information evidence and lesions learned for optimal functions of the 10,000 PHC. 

 “We appreciate the role of the international agencies that came to our support, for this year European Union will be assisting us with 774 of the Primary Health Care and we have some in the 2017 budget proposal.”

 The minister retreated that the prioritization of Polio vaccine will continue, saying,  “We will make sure we end polio completely, we can win this war and Africa will be polio free.”

He said there was no resurgence of polio in Nigeria, as the areas of Nigeria that was polio free remained free as polio came from areas not accessible.

“These groups of individual have no access to health care and  by 2019 Nigeria will be polio free,” he said.

In his speech, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director, NPHCDA, stated that the committee was saddle with the task of ensuring a robust supply chain in place to deliver the PHC revitalization agenda.

He said, “Today’s event is a big stride towards ensuring one functional PHC per ward which will ultimately improve overall health outcome in the country and accelerate our achievement towards Universal Health Coverage.”

Shuaib, said the members were supply chain experts drawn from the Federal Ministry of Health, NAFDAC, various control programs of NACA, Malaria, TB, Reproductive Health, Nutrition; and Partners, UNCEF, UNFPA, WHO, BMGF, USAID, CHAI, as well as other private sectors and academia.

“I have no doubt in the ability committee members to deliver on their mandate given their vast experience and commitment towards improving the health of Nigerian,” he said. 

Managing Director Prezz Shed Investment Ltd , Mr. Emmanuel Njoku, said “the donation by our organization is in furtherance of our corporate social responsibility to Nigeria.

“We have been working in Nigeria over the years and giving back is one of the things we cherish so much. The equipment is fully powered by solar, work without electricity and simplicity to operate.”

Power Kits donated include; TCW 15 SDD Vaccine Refrigerator and Icepack Freezer, Cold Chain Data Logge, MRB 3000 SDD Blood Bank Refrigerator, TCW 4000 AC Vaccine Refrigerator.

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