The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie E. Ehanire has charged the Pharmaceutical Industry to be creative and innovative driven.
The minister stressed this when he received in audience, members of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (PMG-MAN) in his office recently, in Abuja.
The visit, led by the Association’s Vice Chairman, Mr. Nnamdi Okafor was to ensure that Nigerians continue to have access to timely and affordable locally manufactured medicines.
According to the Health Minister, pharmaceutical industry needs to be strengthened to measure up in the global competitive environment. Adding that drugs produced locally must attain high quality and must be affordable for ordinary Nigerians.
Dr. Ehanire said that considering the executive order 003, which promotes locally manufactured goods and services and the national drug policy for patronage in Nigeria. Teaching hospitals must therefore, take advantage of the industry to purchase drugs produced in the country, which are NAFDAC certified and approved.
The Minister urged the association to gear towards improving capacity and competence in order to strengthen the industry and in the process, create job opportunities; assuring the association that challenges faced in the industry will be considered by government.
Speaking, the Vice Chairman, PMG-MAN, Mr. Nnamdi Okafor informed the minister that the industry is the umbrella covering 120 local drug manufacturers in Nigeria; that the objective of the industry is to ensure that all Nigerians have access to quality and affordable drugs timely.
Mr. Okafor opined that the pharmaceutical industry has played a vital role in terms of job creation in Nigeria.
He reiterated that the industry has gained capacity building of members, technological acquisition and facility upgrading of equipment to meet the NAFDAC specifications and also to compete with international counterparts in the industry.