The Lagos State Government, through the Ministry of Health, has inaugurated Local Government Logistics Management Coordinating Units (LLMCU) to ensure the provision of safe and cost-effective drugs.
The Unit which is created to organize, monitor and support all logistics activities from the health facilities in the local government areas, will also be responsible for collection and collation of data from Primary Health Care Centres.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary Health Care, Dr. Olufemi Onanuga who inaugurated the LLMCU in Ikeja noted that Nigeria is being faced with some challenges of procurement and supply management activities.
He outlined the challenges to include poor supply chain and demand management, high stock-out rates and high wastages through expiration and poor visibility of procurement and supply chain management.
Onanuga explained that any government that fails to ensure the provision of safe and cost-effective drugs amongst other health care services will be seen to be shirking in its duty as an efficient and effective healthcare provider stressing that the provision of medicines is critical to quality healthcare delivery.
“The Lagos State Government is irrevocably committed to sustaining a vibrant healthcare to its teeming population and this is demonstrated with the massive upgrades of General Hospitals and Primary Healthcare Centres across the State, in keeping with the avowed commitment of the Governor to raise and sustain the confidence in public healthcare service delivery”, the Special Adviser said.
While thanking the Federal Ministry of Health and other implementing partners for helping to develop a robust supply chain management system in the State, Onanuga gave assurance that the State Government will continue to collaborate with relevant Federal Government Ministries and Agencies as well as development partners towards efforts that will improve the strengthening of health systems and ensure that clients are continuously provided with efficient, effective and quality healthcare.
“With the inauguration of the LLMCUs, it is hoped that efficient public health programmes will continue to impact in enhancing the health of our people and realizing the Lagos of our dreams by ensuring the distribution of medicines in a timely and efficient manner,” he said.