Nasarawa State Government on Monday in Lafia handed out drugs worth N35m to its Primary Heath Care Development Agency for distribution to health centres in the state.

 Presenting the drugs to the NSPHCDA chairman, Dr Janet Angbazo, the Senior Special Assistant to Gov. Umaru Al-Makura on Millienium Development Goals, Dr Salisu Raji, said the state’s MDG office collaborated with the government on the project. Raji said that the drugs were procured under the government’s drug revolving fund scheme, adding that 39 health centres would benefit from it. He said that the initiative was to ensure that people in rural areas had access to quality and affordable drugs in primary healthcare facilities.

He said that making drugs available at the centres would help to check the circulation of fake and unwholesome drugs in the state. Raji said that the drugs were purchased directly from the manufacturers, adding that they were of the best quality.

He charged the benefitting communities and health centres to be prudent in the use of the drugs and ensure that the scheme was sustainable. Receiving the drugs, Angbazo expressed gratitude to the state government for the gesture, adding that the era of “out of stock’’ drugs at health centre in the state was over.

She said that most people in rural areas were not attending primary healthcare facilities due to non-availability of drugs. She appealed to the government to scale up the scheme to enable other health centres to benefit, saying there were more than 900 primary health centers in the state. Angbazo assured that the drugs would be effectively utilized in line with MDG guidelines.

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