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Oba wholesale centre will end distribution of fake drugs – Health Commissioner

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ANAMBRA State Commissioner for Health, Afam Obidike says the Oba Coordinated Wholesale Centre (CWC) will help bring an end to the distribution of fake, counterfeit and adulterated medicines that have destroyed lives.

  Dr. Obidike applauded Gov. Charles Soludo for his political will as well as fulfilling one of his health mandates to ndi Anambra by facilitating and giving approval for the open drug markets to be moved to the CWC in Oba when completed. 

  The commissioner said this at the flag-off ceremony of CWC by Gov. Soludo in Oba, Idemili South Local Government Area.

  “I appreciate the federal and state government for embracing this strategy aimed at sanitising the drug distribution system in the state and Nigeria at large.

  “The importance of this CWC cannot be over emphasised especially in the light of the magnitude of health challenges presented by the open drug markets.

  “Available records have shown that the open drug markets serve as safe havens for the sale and distribution of fake, counterfeit and adulterated medicines, which have largely impacted negatively on some of the state’s health indices.

  “This project when completed, will help to reduce the morbidity and mortality rate of ndi Anambra and Nigeria at large.”

  According to him, the CWC will provide massive job opportunities for the public in an organised system both skilled and unskilled, as well as bring massive economic impact to the state.

  He noted that the project was first approved in 2016 but was delayed due to numerous challenges and within a short period of time, Mr Governor was able to find a lasting solution to all the problems.

  “Ndi Anambra, indeed, Soludo’s solution to our healthcare sector is here and I am very grateful to God because this project is going to help us address all the health challenges in the state.

  “So, on behalf of the state Ministry of Health, I wish to express our profound gratitude to our action governor for his unequalled commitment toward establishing this project in the state.

  “We thank our partners and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Medical and Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Godwin Nnadozie for their commitments in ensuring that this project is coming to reality.”

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