Kano State Government said it has put in place measures to immediately address drug shortage in its hospitals after inheriting N1.2 Billon debt for drug supply from previous government.
The Director General, Kano State Drug and Medical Consumable Supply Agency, Pharmacist Gali Sule made this known today during an interview with members of Association of Kano State Online Journalists (ASKOJ) at his office.
According to him, upon his assumption into office, it was discovered the agency was indebted to the tune of N1.2 Billion which crippled the agency’s mandate of sourcing and supplying state owned hospitals with qualitative and affordable drugs reducing supply to about 30 percent.
He said, his office immediately went into work and improved drug supply to state hospitals to about 60 to 70 percent and also solicited the help of the State’s Honorable Commissioner of Health, Dr. Abubakar Labaran Yusuf who facilitated re-negotiation between the agency, and suppliers where an agreement was reached to pay off the debt in 12 months.
Gali, added that so far, the agency under his leadership has settled for two months and hope to settle the remaining 10 months as agreed between the two parties.
The Pharmacist revealed that, with this development, the agency is expected to take delivery of new drug consignment coming week which is expected to boost drug supply to all state owned government hospitals to about 90 percent while frantic efforts are being made for a hundred percent supply.
Furthermore, Sule assured the public that, the Abba Kabir’s administration is committed to improving the standard of healthcare delivery services in the state reiterating that his agency will not relent in its mandate of adequate supply of qualitative and affordable drugs to all its populace.