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Obiano plans end to medical tourism

Posted: Apr 24, 2015 at 6:45 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chukwujekwu Ilozue,  Awka


Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has said that his ambition in injecting new life into the state health system is to provide quality medical care, comparable to what obtains overseas, especially India where Nigerians frequently visit for treatment.

Obiano, who spoke on Thursday at the twin commissioning of State Drug Quality Control Laboratory and State Drug Information Centre at Awka, said the two projects were at the heart of his policy which is basically to provide infrastructure, comfort to the patients and train and retrain health workers to deliver quality services.

The governor assured that when he finishes with his programme, the state will run the best healthcare comparable anywhere in the world.

According to Obiano, with the establishment of the Quality Control Laboratory, the era of hospitals buying drugs elsewhere was over for good.

He recalled that just the previous day; he inaugurated the board for Primary Health Care, bought six water ambulances and 17 flying boats for difficult to reach areas of the state.

In his address, the Commissioner for Health, Joe Akabuike listed the benefits of the laboratory, saying it would not be only safe, effective, but that good quality drugs would be distributed to the state’s health care facilities through the spot quantitative analysis of all drugs supplied to the state Central Medical Store.

Akabuike further explained that the laboratory would help in early detection and prevention of fake and counterfeit drugs from getting to public healthcare facilities, and that only quality drugs will now be prescribed and dispensed in public health care facilities.

As for the advantages of Drug Information Centre, Akabuike said the centre would help to provide quality health care services to the beneficiaries of the system.

In response, Chairman of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, (PSN), Anambra State chapter, Chisom Uchem said that she was proud that the state was forging ahead. She further promised that her association would form a workable synergy that works perennially in public interest with the state government.