From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state over the weekend inaugurated a Sustainable Drugs Supply System (SDSS) for reduction in fake and counterfeit drugs in the state.
The governor while performing the ceremony at the Government House, Lokoja, said that the SDSS would enhance transparency and accountability in health facilities across the state.
Bello, represented by the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Saka Audu, added that the SDSS would facilitate Research & Development, accessibility of foreign aids, job creation and revenue generation, among others.
According to him,
“It was a norm for our drugs to be diverted, or sold without any refund to the state coffers, and this was responsible for the continuous unavailability of essential drugs in our health facilities.
“When we came on board, one of our first strive was to ensure that we stop this anomaly, but our sincere intention was met with stiff opposition from those who had been feeding fat from this misnomer.
“One of the greatest tool I considered efficient in the fight against corruption, is technology which is one of the foremost component of the SDSS.
Dr Abubakar Kabiru, the Executive Director, Kogi Primary Health Care Development Agency (KSPHCDA) commended the governor and the commissioner for the initiative and urged the beneficiaries to effectively manage the new system.
The benefiting hospitals are Specialist Hospital, Kabba; Zonal Hospitals (Okene, Ankpa, Oguma); General Hospital, Isanlu and Cottage Hospital Adogo in Ajaokuta.