BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN, Kaduna
Kaduna State government had said necessary measures to regulate Patent and Proprietary Medicines Vendors (PPMVs) and Community Pharmacists, (CPs), against the control and use of substandard drugs are at an advance stage.
The state commissioner of health and human services, Dr. Paul Manya Dogo, disclosed this when he received a team of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria-Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health;
PSN-PACFaH Project who paid him an advocacy visit.
The commissioner who was represented by the permanent secretary of the ministry, Mohammed Mahmud Shuaibu, said this became necessary because the CPs and PPMVs are the major providers of family planning commodities and other primary healthcare services to the people particularly in rural areas.
He further disclosed that the state government has already set up a committee to look into the matter and the committee upon completion of their assignment will submit its report to the governor of the state, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai,who will finally give out the blueprint on what the agency will look like.
Speaking on PACFaH activities in the state, Dr. Dogo said Kaduna has a long lasting relationship with PACFaH starting from nutrition, tackling the problem of pneumonia and diarrhea and now the organization is moving into family planning.
He assured the team that the state government will work in collaboration with PACFaH to ensure that the benefits of the project get to the people of the state.
In his remarks and presentation, Acting Program Director Strategy PSN-PACFaH, Dr. David Akpotor said the PSN-PACFaH is the implementing Civil Society Organization (CSO) under the “Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health,” focusing on reducing the under-5 mortality rate and improving health outcomes for Childhood Pneumonia and Diarrhea in Nigeria.