Health Minister inspects medical warehouse in Abuja

Gloria Essien, Abuja

The Nigerian Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole has appreciated the support of Global Fund and United State Agency for International Development (USAID) in building a magnificent Premier Medical Ware House to manage the drugs distribution system in Nigeria.

The Minister made this known shortly after inspecting the ware house facility at Jabi, Abuja.

He said that the Warehouse was to keep drugs and other medical equipment safe, and to manage the distribution system so as to avoid duplication and overlapping of drugs’ storage practice.

“When we bring everything together we will avoid wastage of resources and we will make it cheaper, safer and easier,”Adewole said.

He further explained that the facility would prevent situations where  drugs meant  for Nigerians  expire because of poor storage facilities, “with this type of integrated system that would not happen again”, he added.

The Minister described the building  as one that would take care of the medical storage needs of health facilities in the country.

Conducting the Minister round the facility, the project focal person Mrs. Adenike Adelanwa  said that the building which she described as one of best in Nigeria was a model pharmaceutical warehouse with cold room to manage vaccines.

The building is expected to be commissioned before the end of 2016.

Similarly, in the bid to re- invigorate the health system and motivate the officials for greater productivity and efficiency, Professor Adewole, has approved the deployment of heads of departments in the Federal Ministry of Health.

In a circular signed by the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Amina  Shamaki, the Minister noted that the decision was taken in recognition of the weight of responsibility placed on the ministry and also to promote accountability and transparency.

The posting took into account, seniority, bias and experience of the officers, the minister added.

Details of the posting are as follows:

1 Dr. Wapada I. Balami Hospital Service Dept.
2 Dr. (Mrs.) Evelyn N.  Ngige Public Health Dept, (DPH).
3 Dr. Adebimpe O. Adebiyi Family Health Dept.
4 Dr. Sunday A. Aboje National Coordinator National HIV/AIDS and STDs Control Programme (NASCP)
5 Dr. Sani Gwarzo CCE,Epidemiological Division (DPH)
6 Dr. Hassan Garba Port Health Services,(DPH)
7 Dr. Nnenna M. Ezeigwe Non- Communicable Diseases (DPH)
8 Dr. Emmanuel A. Oyemakinde Health Planning, Research and Statistics Dept.
9 Dr. Bala M. Audu National Coordinator  , National Malaria Eradication programme (DPH)
10 Dr. Ngozi R. Azodoh Head ,Special Projects
11 Dr. Boladale O. Alonge Dentistry Division, DHS
12 Dr. Emmanuel C. Meribole Monitoring and Evaluation Division, HPRS
13 Dr. Gabriel Akang Occupational and Safety Division
14 Dr. Adebola Aina lawanson National Coordinator , National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control