The Federal Government on Monday said it had intensified efforts at ensuring that genuine medicines were made available and affordable to Nigerians.

The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, stated this at the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the ministry, the Nigerian Association of Pharmacists (NAP) and Pharmaceutical Scientists of the U.S.

He said government had increased support to local pharmaceutical manufacturers to attain WHO certification that would eventually qualify them to compete with international procurement processes.

Mr.Chukwu added that government would strengthen the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to ensure the sale of genuine medicines in various outlets.

“There is ongoing initiative of availing the pharmaceutical manufacturing industries with funds. There are efforts to establish N200 billion intervention funds to support the pharmaceutical companies.

“Government has also established the National Drug Distribution Guideline and the ongoing drive to streamline the nation’s product supply chain, and many other interventions.

“These actions are hinged on the conviction of the present government, through the federal ministry of health that a purposeful reform of the national health care delivery is necessary and also strengthened’’, he said.

He commended Nigerians in Diaspora for their efforts at improving the nation’s health care system and urged them to do more.

The Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mr Sani Bala, said the ministry was ready to partner with Nigerians in the Diaspora to improve healthcare delivery.

“It is gladdening to note that these are professionals interested in contributing their quota toward the improvement of the health status of Nigeria,’’ he said.

The President of NAP, Mrs Funmi Ajayi, pledged their willingness to partner with the ministry to scale up health service delivery.

She said the signing of the MoU was necessitated by the need to give Nigerians quality health care services.

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