Dr Kayode Fayemi, the governor of Ekiti State has signed the state Drugs and Health Supplies Management Agency Bill into law and also approved N80 million as seed funding for the establishment of the agency.
According to Fayemi. the initiative “will address the menace of low-quality drugs in circulation in the state and ensure that high-quality drugs are constantly available in the state at very affordable prices”.
The governor on Tuesday while signing the law, said, “This lays a framework for the manufacturing, procurement, distribution, sales and management of drugs and medical commodities in Ekiti State.
“Drugs and medical supplies are an essential part of our health system. Ensuring that health facilities in the state have essential drugs and medical supplies that can be readily available when needed is key to delivering Universal Health Coverage for the people of Ekiti State.
“This Act is also critical to our goal of becoming a regional hub for quality healthcare delivery because, with it, we now have the legitimacy to engage big pharmaceuticals on contract to ensure that we get the best quality of drugs at the best prices.”
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Oyebanji Filani, said, “The Agency, when established, will be the primary source of high quality, affordable and accessible drugs and health commodity for all state-owned primary, secondary and tertiary health facilities.”