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New framework to strengthen healthcare delivery

New framework to strengthen healthcare delivery

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Dayo Ojerinde

PharmAccess Foundation, a non-profit organisation, has collaborated with the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria and other stakeholders in the healthcare system to launch the Pharmacy Framework Manual.

The manual is expected to strengthen the pharmaceutical industry by stimulating stronger regulation and providing access to affordable capital.

The framework  unveiled in Lagos last Tuesday is expected to address the inadequate access to affordable capital for the procurement of pharmaceutical product.

The Registrar, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria,  Elijah Mohammed, noted that the framework was the outcome of PCN’s partnership with other stakeholders in the sector.

He said the partnership was borne out of the need to ensure adequate provision of equitable and sustainable access to life-saving medicines within the healthcare system, as enshrined in the National Drug Policy.

“The framework provides opportunities that would enable Community Pharmacists and Patent and Proprietary Medicines Vendors to increase the scope and quality of their services through the provision of affordable financing and increased oversight,” said Mohammed.

He added that the framework would create an enabling environment for the peer supervision,  hub and spoke model, reduce the incidence of fake, counterfeit and substandard drugs, thereby paving the way for the development of an effective pricing policy within the pharmaceutical sector.

The Country Director, PharmAccess Foundation, Ms Njide Ndili, stressed that the framework would integrate capacity building of all participants in order to ensure delivery of quality services, particularly in the underserved sectors of the country.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health,  Dr Jide Idris,  in a keynote address, said professional groups in the health sector must work together to ensure better healthcare delivery service in Nigeria.

“Without access, healthcare delivery will not be possible, stakeholders must see healthcare as a security issue and should consider how to link bio-security to public health,” Idris noted.

Under the framework, loans will be provided by the Medical Credit Fund and will be disbursed through banks in partnership with the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund to community pharmacists and patent medicine stores.

The framework contains the oversight and flow of funds, detailing how pharmacists and patent medicine stores will be regulated, while the flow of funds deals with the disbursement of loans in the sector under the scheme.

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