Edo Speaker pledges support for NPSCMP
- Written by Oluwafemi Olowookere
The Speaker of Edo State, House of Assembly, RT. Hon. Esezobor Okonoboh, has declared his support to the Federal Ministry of Health’ s Nigeria Product Supply Chain Management Programme(NPSCMP), which was aimed at ensuring equitable distribution of drugs and other health commodities to the states.
The Speaker made this statement during a Penetration/ Advocacy visit by a team from FMOH led by Pharm. Chinwe Okoroanyanwu in his office in Benin, Edo State.
Rt. Hon. Okonoboh advised that the State Commissioner and the Permanent Secretary of Health should ensure that the ministry have a well co- ordinated logistics Management Coordination Unit (LMCU) in the state, to improve and report on supply chain activities, building capacity and provide a budget outline for the programme.
The Speaker noted that there was need for the LMCU to be keyed into 2017 Health budget and promised to fasttrack its approval when it gets to the state House of Assembly.
He lauded the NPSCMP programme of Federal Ministry of Health and also expressed the need for Edo State Government to show more commitment and collaborate with FMOH and Developmental Partners for the betterment of people of in the State.
Earlier, in her remark, The Technical lead of NPSCMP, Pharm. Chinwe Okoroanyanwu, said that there was need for LMCU to have its own budget outline, office and having staff domiciled for LMCU project.
She noted that it would assist in monitoring and evaluation of drugs and health products allocation and usage in Edo State, adding that there was need for LMCU to take charge of the supply chain programme in the state for transparency and accountability.