Following last October train crash that killed scores of people in Cameroun, the federal government has donated 70 tons of Medical Supplies valued at about N150 million to the country to assist victims of the accident.
Government’s special envoy which was led by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Khadija Bukar Abba Ibrahim, was received by Prime Minister of Cameroon, His Excellency, Philemon Yang on behalf of President Paul Biya.
Yang expressed the appreciation of his country to President Mohammadu Buhari, GCFR and for the thoughtfulness of Nigeria in identifying with Cameroon at the time when 80 people lost their lives in the crash and 700 others were injured.
Speaking on behalf of Minister of Health, Permanent Secretary Hajia Binta Adamu Bello, pointed out that the consignment of drugs donated to help in taking care of the injured were all manufactured in Nigeria.
The Minister, Professor Isaac Adewole noted that President Buhari was committed to empowering local pharmaceutical companies as part of the Change Agenda in the Health Sector adding that the ultimate goal was to make Nigerian companies compete favorably with their foreign counterparts and make their products acceptable in the global market.
The Minister seized the occasion to encourage local manufacturers to continue with their compliance to internationally acceptable standards as well as maintain global best practices.
The drugs , which have a minimum shelf life of 18months, comprises of Analgesics, Multivitamins, Antimicrobials, Antispasmodics, Pediatrics Medicines, Anthelmintic, Anti Diarrhea\Amobecide, Anti-Allergies, Corticosteroids, Anxiolytics, Anti –Malarias, Local Anesthetics, Antiemetic’s, Eye Drops\ointments, Infusions, Laxatives, Supplements and other consumables.
The team comprises of the Hon. Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, who led the delegation, Permanent Secretary Health, Binta Adamu Bello, who represented the Health Minister. Others were officials of the Health and Foreign Affairs Ministries