In an offer to guarantee quality and affordable drugs for the state residents, the Ekiti State government has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with two private medical firms for achieving the objective.
The two companies are the Africa Resource Centre for Excellence in Supply Chain Management and the pharmaceutical manufacturer group of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria.
Signing the agreement in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, Dr. Oyebanji Filani, the State Commissioner for Health and Human Services, said that ARC-ESM, PMG-MAN, and the government would collaborate to confirm the circulation and supply of high-quality drugs in the state at reasonable prices for the people.
The commissioner cited that the state Drugs and Medical Commodities Management Agency is pouring the crusade to establish an economically self-sustaining drug supply programme that would reinforce the storage, procurement, and distribution of laboratory supplies and medical consumables within the state.
Filani said that the collaboration would also enhance the state's long-term objective of becoming a regional hub for delivering quality healthcare by empowering the state to entice a diverse set of private sector partners who can yield the health consumer market and improve the health-seeking behavior.
The government is also partnering with the local pharmaceutical companies for obtaining an exclusive supply of health commodities. This will guarantee that the people of Ekiti have access to affordable and quality drugs and consumables and offer new jobs in the state in line to the plan of Fayemi-led administration.
Primarily, by engaging with the manufacturers directly, Ekiti State Health Sector has offered a new panorama of engagement that opens opportunities for the state's economy.
He articulated the commitment of the existing administration in the state under the leadership of Dr. Kayode Fayemi for initiating policies and programs that would empower the good health conditions of the people and grow the state's economy.