Illicit Drugs Distribution: Major Cause of Health Problem In The Health Industry
By Ikenyim Eucharia
The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Daniel Umezuruike has described the uncoordinated distribution of drugs in the country as the major cause of health challenges in the industry.
Dr. Umezuruike made this known Thursday, in Abakaliki when he received a team of pharmacists Council of Nigeria on a courtesy call in his office.
The Commissioner eulogized the council for the new measure in place to regulate the distributions and sales of drugs in the country through the presidential committee on pharmaceutical sector reforms (PCPSR) under which all the medicine in open drug market would be relocated to wholesale centers for proper supervision.
He appreciated them for the support and partnership with the state government which has yielded positive results and assured them of the state government’s full cooperation to ensure that Ebonyi is well captured in the program.
He, however, promised to table all their requests to the Governor.
The Registrar, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, Mr. Elijah Mohammad said that the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria PCN is a federal government parastatal charged with the responsibility of regulating and controlling the education, training, and practice of pharmacy in all aspects.
Mr. Elijah while appreciating Gov Umahi for partnering with the council, appealed to the state government to provide resources for the relocation of medicine dealers in open drug markets in the state to a coordinated whole center.
He noted that it was in a bid to reserve the ugly trends ravaging the society that the federal government set up the presidential committee on pharmaceutical sector reforms PCPSR which recommended a new national drug distribution guideline NDDG under which all medicine shop in open drug markets are to be relocated to coordinated wholesale centers CWCS for proper supervision.
Mr. Mahmoud also used the occasion to appeal to the government of Ebonyi to employ and engage more pharmacists in the civil service to enhance productivity.
The PCN officer, Mr. Emmanuel Odoh thanked the Commissioner for granting them audience despite his busy schedule and promised to keep the Commissioner posted in all the activities of the council.
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