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Nigerian Govt Grants N100bn Loan To Local Pharmaceutical Manufacturers 

Nigerian Govt Grants N100bn Loan To Local Pharmaceutical Manufacturers


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Nigerian Government has granted a N100 billion loan to indigenous pharmaceutical manufacturers and healthcare investors to expand their capital base and boost local production of medicines and medical consumables. THE WILLS reports.

President Muhammadu Buhari, revealed this on Tuesday at the State House in Abuja while playing host to the new executive members of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), explained that the loan was extended through the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) support to the private pharmaceutical sector. Information Guide Nigeria

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According to him, the Health Sector Reform Committee chaired by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, is currently exploring models for revitalizing the nation’s healthcare system in ways that will improve the quality of care and the benefit package to care providers.

Commenting on the brain drain in the health sector, the president said he has directed the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, to look into ways of turning “brain drain” to “brain gain” by engaging top Nigerian medical experts in the diaspora in knowledge and skills repatriation.

He urged the association and other stakeholders in the health sector to support initiatives by the federal government and work with the committees set up to chart a fast-track to a health system that best meets the needs of Nigerians in the 21st century. jamb results

The president also commended the association, which is the umbrella body of all medical practitioners in Nigeria, for consistently choosing peaceful resolution of differences on matters pertinent to the national health system.

He said: ‘‘I commend our medical professionals for their contribution to Nigeria’s exemplary management of the COVID-19 pandemic, the control of malaria, HIV and Tuberculosis, and other feats also achieved by Nigerian doctors in the diaspora.

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‘‘Our response to COVID-19 pandemic has been praised internationally and your members are key parts of this success.

‘‘I recall that in the last quarter of 2021, the immediate past NMA executives visited me and presented recommendations for the health sector, which included the review and amendment of NHIS Act; upgrading and equipping existing health institutions; loans to fund hospital equipment; the repeal and re-enactment of the Medical and Dental Practitioners’ Act; and appeal for more funding for the four newly established Universities of Medical Sciences.

‘‘I am pleased to inform you that most of these recommendations have been addressed, whilst further action is being taken to study those involving cross-cutting administrative processes with legal implications.’’

The president also used the forum to congratulate a former president of the body, Dr. Osahon Enabulele, the president-elect of the World Medical Association, the first Nigerian to hold the position.

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Essien, Goodnews is a gruaduate of Communication Arts, University of Uyo, Uyo; Currently working at Infoguide Media as a news writer.

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