Muhammad Ali Pate, Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, has announced the ministry is concerned about the high out-of-pocket expenses Nigerians experience. in order to access medicines and other pharmaceutical products.
This was posted on his X (Formerly Twitter) handle on Friday, while the minister was at the 64th National Council on Health, #NCH64, in Ekiti State.
According to the post, “The Government of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as part of its Renewed Hope Agenda, is keen to find ways to reverse the hardship of Nigerians in this regard.”
“The Federal Ministry of Health & Social Welfare is working towards policy actions that may address the high prices of medicines, especially for the most vulnerable Nigerians,” Pate added.
We are concerned about the high out of pocket expenses Nigerians experience in order to access medicines and other pharmaceutical products.
— Muhammad Ali Pate (@muhammadpate) November 17, 2023
Pate said, “This morning, on the margins of the ongoing 64th National Council on Health, #NCH64, in Ekiti State, I met with the representatives and CEOs of Pharmaceutical Companies in Nigeria to listen and understand better their perspectives, so that we find workable solutions in the national public interest.”
“A critical focus of our Health Sector Renewal is unlocking value chains. Towards this, Mr. President recently created the Unlocking Healthcare Value-Chain Initiative. Our intent is to stimulate private sector-led, sustainable, local production of critical health products,” he stated.
The Minister disclosed that his team has scheduled an invitation-only meeting, for next week, with the key national actors in the industry to follow up and find workable solutions.
SOURCE: X (@muhammadpate)