Gov. Lalong signs bill to establish Plateau drugs agency


Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau State

By Martha Agas

Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau has signed into law, the bill for the establishment of the Plateau State Drugs and Medical Commodities Agency.

The governor signed the bill which has 11 parts containing 52 sections at Government House Jos on Thursday.

After signing, the governor said that the action would be of utmost benefit to the well-being of the Plateau people.

He expressed optimism that with proper implementation, the bill would achieve the desired impact of facilitating access to quality and affordable drugs for Plateau people at the appropriate time.

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He thanked members of the state House of Assembly for their quick response on deliberations to ensure speedy passage of the bill.

In highlighting the synopsis of the law, he said its major function is to serve as the only source of quality, affordable and accessible drugs and other health commodities for the state-owned, tertiary and primary health facilities.

Other functions are; to select, quantify, source, procure, supply, warehouse, sell, distribute, monitor, and control drugs and health products that satisfy the healthcare needs of the people.

It is also to perform supply chain functions that will guarantee the availability of the right drugs and health commodities in adequate quantities in the right condition, to be delivered at the right time and place, at the right cost to patients across the state, among others.

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