Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, on Tuesday, signed into law the Drugs and Health Commodities Management Agency Bill.
The Governor also announced that the sum of N80m has been approved for the establishment of the agency, which he said, “will address the menace of low-quality drugs in circulation in the state and ensure that high-quality drugs are constantly available in the state at affordable prices.”
While signing the bill into law, Fayemi said, “This lays a structure for the attainment, distribution, manufacturing sales and management of drugs and medical commodities in Ekiti State.
He said the law was introduced to provide a strong legal basis for the establishment of Ekiti State Drugs and Health Commodities Management Agency.
“This Act is also critical to our goal of becoming a regional hub for quality healthcare delivery because, with it, we now have the legitimacy to engage big pharmaceuticals on contract to ensure that we get the best quality of drugs at the best prices.
“Drugs and medical supplies are an essential part of our health system. Ensuring that health facilities in the state have essential drugs and medical supplies that can be readily available when needed is key to delivering Universal Health Coverage for the people of Ekiti State,” he said.
Dr Oyebanji Filani, the State Commissioner for Health said, “The Agency, when established, will be the primary source of high quality, affordable and accessible drugs and health commodity for all state-owned primary, secondary and tertiary health facilities.”