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FG Set To Reduce Importation Of Drugs To Promote Local Products

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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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