Written by Ijeoma UKAZU

PSN/PACFaH lauds FG’s essential drugs approval

The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, PSN, under the Partnership For Child and Family Health, PACFaH, has applauded the federal government’s approval of essential drugs for pneumonia and diarrhoea.
Speaking to journalists in Lagos at a media dialogue, senior programme officer of PSN/PACFaH project, PDavid Akpotor, said that the essential drug approval has been obtained for the listing of Amoxicillin DT as a new therapeutic form in the essential medicine list as well as the National Standard Treatment Guideline, NSTG.
Going forward, Akpotor said the next step of advocacy would involve to encourage government and relevant key stakeholders to increase procurement of the recommended commodities, while calling on pharmaceutical companies to increase local production of the drugs and make available.
He however called on the government to build the capacity of the frontline health workers to properly manage childhood pneumonia and diarrhoea.
Making her presentation, the project director of the Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria, CS-SUNN, Dr. Ngozi Onuorah, said that the government need to be engaged to create nutrition budget line some key Federal and State ministries in Nigeria.
She added that CS-SUNN will strongly advocate for the establishment of effective and functional nutrition surveillance monitoring and evaluation system.

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