Kwara government frowns on exorbitant cost of drugs in health facilities
The Kwara government has expressed dissatisfaction with the exorbitant cost of some drugs that pharmaceutical companies supply to state health facilities.
“The price of drugs is higher in our institutions than those purchased outside, so patients prefer to buy from retailers outside rather than in our hospitals,” said Abdulraheem Malik, executive secretary of the board of management of Kwara State Hospital.
Mr Malik expressed his displeasure during a meeting with representatives of pharmaceutical companies at the Essential Drugs Project (EDP) of the Kwara State Ministry of Health on Saturday in Ilorin.
He said the meeting was essential because of the need to continue efforts to provide quality and affordable health services to the people of the state.
Mr. Malik stressed the need for the people of Kwara to get quality and affordable medicines from all hospitals in the state.
“We call on state pharmaceutical companies to provide EDPs at competitive prices instead of institutional prices to improve easy access and more patronage by patients.
“We look forward to an automated operating system so that we can monitor drug consumption across all of our facilities and keep more accurate records,” Mr. Malik said.
In addition, Loveth Oladele, the EDP’s Acting Project Manager, commended pharmaceutical companies that have taken on their corporate social responsibilities (CSR) in one form or another, urging others to do the same.
Mrs. Oladele implored them to give all public institutions the best possible price of drugs while ensuring a better method of payment.