Drug Security: Kaduna State Moves to Customize supplies

Femi Mustapha

In other to ensure that all drugs for health Facilities in Kaduna State are secured, and do not get into the wrong hands, Kaduna government has put machinery in motion to customize drugs supply to health Facilitate accross the State.
The Executive Secretary of the Kaduna State Health Supplies management Agency(KADHSMA), Pharm. Aisha Tukur Isyaku disclosed this while speaking to the media in Kaduna, the state capital on Tuesday.
Aisha observed that drug security is important because it helps  put measures in place to ensure that quality, safe and efficacious medicines are produced by facilities that meet the right standards and, that the integrity of such medicines are not compromised during its distribution along the supply chain from the manufacturers down to the consumers.
She explained that with the embodiment and Customized logo, it will be easy to identify and trace any drug from the store of Kaduna state.
“So if you see our drugs where they are not supposed to be, we will take necessary action to check how it got there.
“It will also help patients in Kaduna state to know that Kaduna state customized drugs are not supposed to be purchase in the open market.
“We are going to embark on awareness and Enlightenment campaign on this”, she said.
Pharm. Isyaku noted that Kaduna state drug stores are stocked with quality and affordable drugs for the good use of the people.
She explained that with the contributory health insurance scheme, more people now visits health facilities accross the State, Hence, the need to increase the stock of drugs.
“To address this, the Governor of Kaduna state, Mallam Nasiru El-rufai has suggested the agency should have a frame work with manufacturers.
“In compliance with this, we have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Five drug manufacturing companies in Lagos”
We have given them our first delivery worth over three hundred and fifty million Naira, and have  received drugs of Over Two hundred million, which are all in our store, so all we want now is patronage of the facilities which will make recovery of the funds easy”.
She also hinted that  the the agency has decentralized its activities by creating supply stores in all the three Senatorial zones, and work will soon commence to rehabilitate some of them for effective use.

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