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FG Set To Reduce Importation Of Drugs To Promote Local Products



FG Set To Reduce Importation Of Drugs To Promote Local Products

Federal Government is set to reduce the importation of drugs in the country from 60% to 40% to promote the local manufacturing of drugs.

The Special Adviser to the President on Health, Salma Anas-Ibrahim disclose this cfat a workshop organised to strengthen the World Health Organisation Nigeria country cooperation strategy in Abuja.

According to Anas-Ibrahim, this is part of President Bola Tinubu’s priority agenda to bridge the gap in country’s health sector.

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Other priority areas include increase and improve access to equal health care services, national health insurance for at least 40% of Nigeria’s population to ensure all citizens including the vulnerable group are beneficiaries.

Experts say Nigeria’s health systems is dependent on international markets as up to 70% of pharmaceutical products are imported.

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Overtime, governments at all levels have been advised to implement policies that will encourage local production of drugs.

Hammed Tajudeen is a graduate of Osun State Polytechnic, Iree with Higher National Diploma (HND) in Mass Communication

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