Sunday, May 16, 2021

Ondo Assembly holds public hearing on curbing sales and purchase of illicit drugs

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As part measures to ensure access to quality and affordable drugs in public health facilities across Ondo state, the House of Assembly has organised a public hearing on a bill for the Ondo State Drug and Health Commodities Management Agency and Matters Connected therewith.

Chairman, House committee on health, Abiodun Falaye during the public hearing said the bill after passage will see to preventing distribution of illicit drugs in the state.

Falaye said the bill became necessary to establish an agency that will be saddled with decentralizing supply of drugs to various Primary Health centres and hospitals in the state.

Orange FM’s Otobot Jim reports thst the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Bamidele Oleyelogun while declaring the public hearing open, said the bill seeks to address most of the issue

s confronting facilities that are supposed to meet the health needs of the rural dwellers..

He appreciated the efforts of the medical professionals who are working round the clock to protect the people against all forms of health challenges especially Covid 19.

The state Chairman of Nigeria Medical Association, Dr. Stella Adegbehingbe urged the committee members to carry all stakeholders along considering the relevance of the bill.

Also, representatives of The National Association of Nigeria Nurses of Midwives, Medical Laboratory Scientists, and Pharmacitical Society of Nigeria, while submitting their memoranda touched on areas that should be amended in the bill.

Lawmakers at the public hearing assured that the house will continue to consider bills that will benefit all citizens for the overall development of the state.