Nigeria launches policy documents for healthcare delivery

Gloria Essien , Abuja

The Nigerian Government has launched two documents, 2nd Edition of Nigerian Standard Treatment Guidelines and 6th Edition of Nigerian Essential Medicines List for the betterment of patients. This is in its bid to improve healthcare delivery to the citizenry.

The Minister of State for Health,Dr.Osagie Ehanire launched these policy documents which would be used for procurement of medicines and their use as well as prescribing medicines in the public health sector among others.

The Minister who was represented by the Director of Food and Drug Services Department, Pharm. Grace Modupe Chukwumah implored health providers across the country to take full advantage of these policy documents for the betterment of patients.

He said Let me say without mincing words that the sure way to quality  health services lies in our willingness to strictly adhere to the many policy documents being churned out by the Federal Ministry of Health’’.

Dr.Ehanire said that the Ministry of Health is committed to regularly updating documents like these in order for the healthcare providers to be in tune with global best practices.

He also gave assurance that the Ministry will not relent in its efforts to ensure the effective distribution of these policy documents and also monitor its impact on the health system in the country.

He called on State Ministries of Health to seize this opportunity to revise and adopt their policy documents in line with national policies and the World Health Organization (WHO).

The minister, however, called on the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Chief Medical Directors of Tertiary Health Institutions and some others to ensure the successful implementation of these documents.

In his opening remarks, Prof. John Ohaju Obodo, Chairman of the Nigerian Standard Treatment Guidelines and the Essential Medicines List Review Committee noted that  Standard Treatment Guideline and the Essential Medicines List are meant to assist Practitioners in providing better health care services. And also to provide safe and affordable medicines to satisfy the health care needs of the Majority and minimizing wastage at all levels of Health care delivery.