The Nigerian Association of Pharmacists (NAP) and Pharmaceutical Scientists in the Americas have donated drugs and hospital supplies worth over N75 million ($500,000) to the federal government.
“The premium should be in the gesture and spirit behind the donation. We believe that government has done very well in the containment of Ebola and this token is to support her lofty ideas,” the President of NAP, Pharm.Olumide Akintayo said.
He stated this while presenting the drugs and other hospital supplies to the Supervising Minister of Health who was represented at the occasion by the Permenent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. Lunus Awute.
Akintayo said the hospital supplies which included medical consumables, thermometres and drugs are coming mainly from their colleagues in the Americas which they hope would be needed in any Ebola treatment or surveillance centre.
He also encouraged the government “to do more in repositioning the nation’s healthcare sector such that it would not just be impactful but become a benchmark for the world.”
“All over the world the emphasis is on preventive healthcare and it was in this case that the true Nigerian spirit was exercised in a positive direction and we have shown that indeed, Nigeria can lead the world,” he added.
Responding, the representative of the Minister of Health, Mr Awute appreciated the group for their gesture and implored them not only to identify the areas the ministry is doing well but also expose its deficiencies with a view to bettering the system.