Nigeria To Give Preference To Local Drug Manufacturers Federal government of Nigeria says it will give special preference to the local manufacturing of essential pharmaceutical products to ensure affordable and accessible health care facilities.

The Vice President, Professor Yomi Osinbajo, gave the assurance on Tuesday at the opening of the 89th Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) held in Minna, said they must resist counterfeit and sub-standard in the efforts to ensure patronage by Nigerians.

He stated that the government was not unaware of the challenges confronting the industry but assured that efforts are on to remove the barriers and ensure competition of the variety products.

Represented by the Minister of Health, Professor Issac Adewole, who emphasised the vital roles played by the Pharmacists in Nigeria, taking cognisance of our population while he applauded them of their selfless service to the people both in public and private sector.

He further said that the government was making efforts to ensure stable and sustainable economic development and reduce dependence on oil and shift attention to other sectors of the economy.

The Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, in his speech called for greater priority to be given to quality, affordability, accessibility of healthcare in Nigeria and increase funding to ensure provision of health facilities and services.

The Governor was represented by the Niger State Speaker of the State Assembly, Honourable Ahmed Marafa. he says the state will partner with the PSN to ensure affordable healthcare facilities in the state.

He also urged them to intensify efforts in curbing sub-standard pharmaceutical drugs.

The National President of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Mr Ahmed Yakasai, in his speech stressed the need to be result oriented and update their professional experience and knowledge.

Mr Yakasai informed the gathering that a new approach of ‘Pharma Cyntricism’ had been embraced, considering the economic recession in Nigeria, expressing optimism that it would push social and economic development.

He disclosed that PSN had so far assisted the IDPs in Bornu State with free pharmaceutical drugs worth 50 million Naira. He said such assistance would be sustained.

Many Pharmacists and friends of PSN received awards from the association during the event and witnessed exhibition of various pharmaceutical drugs to mark the ceremony held in Minna, the capital of Niger State.

FG Will Honour All Valid Agreements, Buhari Tells Doctors

Muhammadu Buhari - DoctorsPresident Muhammadu Buhari has urged the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) to shelve its threatened strike and give the Federal Government more time to address the  doctor’s grievances.

Speaking at a meeting with the leadership of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) on Thursday in Abuja, President Buhari gave the doctors an assurance that no agreements duly entered into by the Federal Government would be dishonoured by his administration.

The President called for greater understanding and support from doctors and all Nigerians in view of the present short fall in national revenue brought about by the decline of crude oil prices.

Decrying the adverse impact of the fall in oil prices on the Federal Government’s spending plans for health and other sectors, he said that his administration would continue to do its best to address issues that were of concern to doctors and other Nigerians.

The President also gave the NMA delegation an insight into his administration’s plan to establish 10,000 primary healthcare centres across Nigeria in the next two years with the objective of providing better healthcare for at least 100 million Nigerians.

He also told the delegation led by the NMA President, Dr. Kayode Obembe, that the National Health Act would soon be gazetted and a steering committee appointed to oversee its implementation.

In his remark, the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, described the plan to establish more healthcare centres as “the single most ambitious health plan for the poor in the history of Nigeria”.

In his reaction, Dr. Obembe called for the implementation of the report of the Yayale Ahmed Committee on better relations among professional groups in the health sector.

He also called for fast-tracking of the implementation of the National Health Act.

At a separate meeting with the leadership of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), President Buhari promised that his administration would evolve and implement measures to curb friction and disharmony among the professional groups in the health sector.

The President urged the PSN to work more closely with the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to curb the sale of fake medicines in Nigeria.

The President of the PSN, Ahmed Yakasai, assured the President that pharmacists in Nigeria were ready to work in harmony with other professionals in the health sector to help the Federal Government achieve its objective of improving healthcare services.

Cynthia’s murder: Pharmaceutical group petitions prosecutor over member’s trial

The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, (PSN), has petitioned the Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, to properly review the murder case of Cynthia Osogoku to ensure that pharmacists were not persecuted wrongly.

The four suspects accused of killing Cynthia, who they met on Facebook

The national president of PSN, Mr. Azubike Okwor told journalists on Thursday that if the suspects were not found guilty of the crime of rape and armed robbery, they should be handed over to the Pharmacists’ Council of Nigeria, (PCN), for proper discipline for selling drugs without prescription.

Mr Okwor says that if the liability of the two pharmacists was limited to the sales or alleged sale of Rohypnol to clients they do not know and never collaborated in the condemnable crime.

He noted that it would be logical to believe there might have been breaches of professional ethics, adding  that the law provides that such matters to be dealt with by the Pharmacists’ Council of Nigeria.

Four suspects were on Monday arraigned before a Yaba Magistrate Court for killing 24-year old Cynthia Osokogu, who they met on social media platform.

The suspects, Okwumo Nwabufo,  Ezeike Olisaeloka, Orji Osita and the pharmacists that sold the drug, Rohypnol Flunitrapezam-Maduakor Chukwunonso,  are standing trial on an eight-count of felony, conspiracy, robbery and murder.