N1 BN HIV drugs expired in storage, Health Minister

Written by  May 17, 2017

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has said N1.08 billion worth of HIV drugs expired in storage.

Adewole disclosed this while speaking at the ‘Dissemination Meeting of 2016 National Health Facility Survey’ in Abuja. According to him, the drugs expired due to some challenges in the system of stock management and supervision.

He noted that the competence of healthcare workers, availability of drugs and basic equipment, and supervision of healthcare facilities were critical to the progress of the health sector.

The minister said the incident would not repeat itself as an effective network of logistics supply mechanisms had been put in place to forestall a reoccurrence of such an incident.

To this end, Adewole explained that a computerized system has been established in the Abuja and Lagos known as Premium Medical Supplies Store to electronically monitor expiry dates of the drugs.

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