The Kano State Drugs and Medical Consumables Supply Agency has awarded a N470 million contract to drug manufacturing companies for the supply of drugs. The Managing Director of the agency, Alhaji Magaji Zarena, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano on Friday.

He said the companies were expected to supply the drugs to the agency on quarterly basis throughout the year so as to maintain the prices.

“We buy and sell drugs to government facilities, both primary and secondary health care facilities, under its drugs revolving fund scheme. “We buy drugs through emergency and tender frame work activities so we did one tender in the first quarter of 2015 and emergencies purchase. “We have an agreement with the drug companies if there is increase in price of drugs it will not affect the agency and it will benefit our clients and the price will be maintained throughout the year,” he said.

Zarena said: “The emergency purchases are the purchase we do which are outside the tender because we don’t source drugs all the times.” He said the agency would soon move to its new site at Ungoggo road where it planned to have a warehouse and manufacturing unit. Zarena said the agency also supplied drugs to hospitals which are not government owned as part of effort to ensure that private health facilities also benefit from the programme.

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