Written by Williams ABAH

FG assures WAHO of commitment

Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has reiterated the commitment of the federal government to advance the agenda of the West African Health Organization, WAHO, in the country and sub-region. 

The minister made this known while receiving the director general, West African Health Organization, WAHO, Professor Stanley Okolo, who paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja. 

Ehanire assured Okolo that the Nigerian government was ready to support WAHO in strengthening the country’s health system in order to increase access to quality medicine and reduce cost of healthcare. 

The minister further stated that Nigeria’s population is on the increase, hence the need to upscale drug and vaccines production, capacity buildings, emergency medicine, and bulk procurement, just as he also described WAHO as a clearing house for disease in West Africa. 

Ehanire added that the organization needed to synergize with the Nigeria health sector in the area of postgraduate training in clinical specialties like radiology, pharmacology and capacity building for public health officers. 

He appealed to WAHO to support Nigerian pharmaceutical industries by entrenching their products in the sub-regions through policy formulation, this, he said would reduce cost of drugs and improve access to health product in Nigeria and other neighbouring countries. 

Speaking earlier, Prof. Stanley Okolo, expressed his delight at the desire of the Nigerian government to support WAHO, adding that the purpose of his visit was to explore the area of collaboration.   

 

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