We Have No Business Importing Drugs, Says Health Minister

Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, has disclosed that the Buhari administration has changed the National Health Policy.
He asserted that Nigerian has no "business importing drugs."

He was speaking in Benin on the occasion of the commissioning of projects embarked upon by the outgoing Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Professor Michael Ibadin.

"We have changed the narrative of the National Health Policy. We want people to see health as a facilitator of human development.
"No country can develop without investment in the health sector. He is a business.
"We need to change the way we manage health institutions. Those who have money should spend it on their health.
"It's important for us to pay for health, invest in it. We're committed to local production of drugs. We have no business importing drugs," he stated.

He appealed to the Edo State Government to invest in the UBTH for better performance.

In his comment, Comrade Philip Shaibu, the state Deputy Governor, who represented Governor Godwin Obaseki at the occasion, disclosed that the state government is on course to establish a functional hospital in each of the 18 local government councils of the state.

He stressed that the administration is working on the eradication of malaria. He promised that the state will partner with UBTH for a better service delivery.
In his opening remark, the CMD called for an urgent review of the tenure of CMD of teaching hospitals from two four year tenure to a single tenure of five years.

On poor funding of health facilities, Professor Ibadin suggested that an ingenious way should be devised for the funding of the facilities.
He paid glowing tribute to the ex-governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State, Barrister Ken Imansuangbon for his regular financial support to the institution.

Meanwhile, in an interactive session with reporters, the Health Minister, Professor Adewole promised to meticulously investigate the chain of petitions against Dr, Sunday Osasu Olotu,the CMD of the Federal Neuro-Psychiatrist Hospital, Uselu and come out with a position on it. He denied claims that the tenure of the embattled Dr. Olotu has since lapsed on March 20th, 2016.

"That's a lie. That's not what we've in records," he responded.

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