The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has inaugurated statutory committees of the 2014 National Health Act to ensure adequate coordination and implementation of the provisions of the Act.
The statutory committees include National Health Consultative Forum, National Tertiary Health Institutions Standards, National Health Research Ethics, National Health Research, National Drugs Formulary and Essential Drugs Review and National Independent Tissue Transplantation.
The committees were to drive the process of achieving Universal Health Coverage by making healthcare services accessible, affordable and available for Nigerians in an equitable manner.
In his remarks during the inauguration‎ in Abuja, Adewole has said that the Act has seven parts and 32 sections and pointed out that the act provided key actors of the health system with clearly defined roles and responsibilities. It also provided minimum package of healthcare services for all Nigerians with a predictable and sustainable financing stream.
He has added that the basic healthcare package would be funded from the one per cent consolidated revenue funds and any other sources provisions for innovative financing of the health sector.
He has informed that the Act would equip the health system to play major role in emerging fields in the sector both locally and at the global level, adding that it would also encourage research and structures that would address ethical issues around research in the country.
In his response on behalf of the committees, the Chairman of the National Health Consultative Committee, Prof. Eyitayo Lambo, has pledged that the committees would carry out their mandate satisfactorily and work assiduously towards moving the health sector forward.
 NDLEA arrests 19 IDPs for illegal drugs
The Borno command of the Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has said that it arrested 19 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) for alleged drug abuse and sale in camps. The Commandant of the NDLEA, Mr. Ona Ogilegwu, a lawyer, stated this in an interview in Maiduguri.  He has said that the suspects were arrested on 1 February this year during a raid by men of the command. Ogilegwu has said that the suspects were nabbed in Bakkasi and Mogolis IDPs camps in the Maiduguri metropolis, saying that illicit substances like cannabis sativa, rophenol, and diazepam, benylin with codeine, suck and Die solution and several other substances, were seized from them. “You will recall that the command had embarked a massive sensitization campaign in almost all the IDPs camps here in Maiduguri in December, because of the growing increase of drug abuse among IDPs. He has said that the command had visited Dalori camp, Bakassi, Teachers village, Mogolis and Dikwa IDPs camps in the state capital to warn them against the dangers of illicit drug use. ” After we warned them, they still didn’t listen. So we decided to use our powers to fish them out. “It will interest you to know that none of the camps in the state capital is free from the nefarious drug activities. Allowing these activities to go unchecked will spell doom to the society”, he said. Those arrested with large quantity of drugs would be prosecuted while the ones with a negligible quantity would be counseled and released.

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