From Gyang Bere, Jose
Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong has signed into law the Medicines and Commodities Management Agency Bill 2022 to address the challenge associated with access, quality, availability and affordability of drugs in state government health facilities.
Lalong, who signed the bill Thursday at Rayfield Jos Government House, said that with the new legislation coming into effect, the Agency, once created, will ensure that all healthcare facilities state-owned tertiary, secondary and primary get their drugs from a source that has a lot of benefits.
He said out-of-stock syndrome days will be addressed while drug tracking will be easier, adding that the agency will also ensure that the quality of purchased drugs is checked while those who store them will do so under a uniform pattern. .
Lalong also said that the Agency will also ensure that there is quality control by developing a standard operating procedure as well as addressing the issue of cost.
The Justice Commissioner and Attorney General of Plateau State, Chrysanthus Ahmadu, while giving the summary of the law, said that the Agency is also authorized to manufacture quality and affordable medicines and other consumables, as well as to operationalize the revolving fund for drugs in all health facilities in the state
Lalong also received members of the Jos branch of the Nigerian Bar Association on a courtesy visit.