BAUCHI State Government and the USAID propelled Global Health Supply Chain Procurement and Supply Management GHSC-PSM have expressed commitment to achieving uninterrupted supply of drugs in all health facilities across the state.
State Commissioner of Health, Dr Zuwaira Hassan stated this during the lunch of the GHSC-PSM project of Drugs Revolving Fund held in Bauchi at the weekend, saying that the DRF is key in the drug supply to health facilities especially at the primary health care level.
“Bauchi state currently has DRF in all its 27 secondary health and 133 primary health facilities, but there is a need for expansion to cover the entire facilities in the state,” she said.
Zuwaira Hassan also said that the project will help improve maternal and neonatal health care and accelerate the achievement of universal health coverage by the state and assured that the state will provide enabling environment for the success of the project and other development partners operating in the state.
In his remarks, Mr Kenny Ottoh who is the Deputy Country Director of GHSC-PSM said the commitment and partnership programme is to improve drug revolving fund (DRF) governance and management in the state.
He added that “The partnership will improve integration of the supply chain strategy across disease areas, help achieve uninterrupted delivery of commodities, improve data-driven decision-making, and improve the visibility of supply chain data.”
Kenny Ottoh further said that “Providing technical assistance in strategy and planning, forecasting and supply planning, quality assurance, warehousing and inventory management, transportation and distribution. Management information systems, governance and financing, and monitoring and evaluation support the scale-up of maternal mortality and HIV/AIDS programmes in the state are all relevant in quality health care service delivery.”
He further noted that the programme was launched in Bauchi state because the state has good indicators and strong commitment.
“Bauchi state is doing well on malaria and Family Planning, but there are concerns with regard data from malaria commodities as it does not correspond with the number of cases reported,’’ he said.
He, however, called for a proper monitoring framework assuring that the programme will expand its focus to Maternal Neo-natal health.
He also said that drug revolving fund project is out to support the state in strengthening the existing systems towards a sustainable drug revolving fund that will ensure an adequate supply of essential medicines and added that the programme is to be implemented through the State Drug management and medical Consumables Agency (DMMA).
Earlier, the Managing Director, Drugs Management and Medical Consumables Agency, Mr Abdulkadir Ahmed said the programme will strengthen not only DRF but also address the problem of stock out of medical consumables at all level of health facilities in the state.