From: MUKHTAR YAHAYA SHEHU
In an effort to support Kano state government in boosting the healthcare delivery services, the Federal Ministry of Health through UNICEF is set to construct pharma grade standard warehouse in Kano.
Speaking during handing over of the site to the team of UNICEF constructor at the premises of the Drugs and Medical Consumables Supply Agency (DMCSA), yesterday, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Abubakar Labaran Yusuf, said the project is a dream the state is waiting for long to realize.
In a statement signed by the information officer state ministry for Health Ibrahim Abdullahi said that the UNICEF has already mobilized their team to the state for the commencement of the project, adding that the site for the project is located at the DMCSA headquarters in the metropolis.
Dr. Labaran maintained that enhancing and turning around the healthcare system of the state is part of the blueprint of Governor Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf since he was contesting for the governorship position of Kano state.
He stressed that improvement in the supply of drugs to all public health facilities that are qualitative, adequate and affordable to the teeming populace of the state is a systematic step towards achieving the blueprint of His Excellency in the health sector.
The Commissioner hailed the UNICEF for bringing the project to the state and assured them of total cooperation of the government and continued working relationship aimed at having an improved healthcare system for the betterment of the people of the state.
Also speaking, the Director General of the DMCSA, Pharm. Gali Sule, explained that this is a concept of the Federal Ministry of Health which wants every state of the federation to have at least one pharma grade standard warehouse.
He said the warehouse is meant for the storage of pharmaceutical products and other specialized products that require special storage condition, adding that pharma grade has all the necessary requirements needed for the storage of drugs with required temperature and condition.
The Director General also stated that it is a joint project, where Kano State is partnering development partners through Federal Ministry of Health.
Pharm. Gali, who expressed delight for the project, optimistically believed that the project will aid the Agency to achieve its mandates of sourcing and supplying quality drugs that are adequate and affordable to all public healthcare facilities.
He maintained that the importance of the pharma grade warehouse cannot be overemphasized, because there is need for maintaining the quality of drugs throughout their storage period, noting the worthiness of the project of keeping the pharmaceutical products like thermolabile that need to be stored at the temperature between 2° to 8°.
On her part, the UNICEF Project Coordinator, Lourdes Eleana, said they were in Kano to upgrade the medical store of the DMCSA.
She stated that they proposed to upgrade 22 warehouses in 21 states of Nigeria and Kano is one of them and further said that they commenced with handing over process of the warehouses to be upgraded, assuring that the entire project will be completed in December 2023.
According to Eleana, owing the population size of Kano state, the project will benefit its people immensely because pharma grade standard warehouse will keep the drugs in a better condition and safer to use.