Written by Emmanuel Ogbeche

U.S. dedicates new $5m medical warehouse

 

Officials from the U.S. Agency for International Development, USAID, joined Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, to commission a central medical storage facility that will enable the Ministry to supply quality, life-saving health commodities to millions of Nigerians.

The $5.2 million Lagos Federal Medical Warehouse facility was constructed in partnership with Nigeria’s Ministry of Health and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

The new Lagos facility provides critical storage space for public health commodities at the central level, enabling the Ministry to ensure the provision of quality, life-saving health commodities for Nigerians through a central facility.

With the opening of this warehouse, the Ministry of Health can safely store the medicines required to meet Nigeria’s annual needs for public health commodities in the foreseeable future, a statement by USAID said.

“This increase in the availability of high quality commodities will save lives from the lack of medications and proliferation of counterfeit products,” USAID Health, Population and Nutrition Office Director Heather Smith-Taylor said at the ceremon.

Cutting the ribbon at the ceremony, Adewole said his ministry will be “highly involved in the logistics” of the warehouse.

“We will continue to offer support, monitor leakages, and the expiration of commodities to ensure better health care for our citizens,” he said.

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