By Oladapo Okeowo
The Kogi state government replaced the old Essential Drug Revolving System (EDRF) with a Sustainable Drug Supply System (SDSS) in the state.
The new system, a systemic provision of genuine and affordable drugs to health facilities, is expected to help solve the problem of drug shortages and also strengthen the Drug Revolving Funf (DRF)..
This was disclosed by the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Saka Audu, during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lokoja on Sunday.
He said: “The SDSS is the most effective way of solving the problem of acute shortage of drugs and medical supplies as it is a tested and trusted methodology.
“It uses some concept which includes: systemic and effective strengthening and capitalisation of the state medical store.
“It creates an attractive internal market such that individual pharmacy departments across the state within the health facility and outside will prefer to buy from the State Medical Store.
“This will in turn help to reduce and get rid of counterfeit and unwholesome drugs from circulation across the state,” Audu said.
Added to these, the SDSS implementation in health facilities would lead to the creation of employment opportunities and facilitate research and development.
So also would there be accessibility of foreign aid, mega drug distribution system, accountability and transparency, free drug management and source of revenue generation for the government, among others.
Audu said: “The hallmark is the creation of a modern electronic drug tracking system such that movement of drugs from state medical store to zonal stores and then to the health facilities.
“This will enhance proper monitoring in real time, and eliminating the out of stock syndrome and diversion.
“SDSS also entails establishing an Independent Kogi State Drug Management Agency”.
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