THE HITHERTO lukewarm attitude of some state governments in ensuring that family planning commodities as well as medicines get to the last mile for the use of everyone demanding for commodities have been described as the bane of meeting the goals of FP2020.
Consequently, all states Ministries of Health have been urged to coordinate and collaborate with all Logistics Coordinating Units and make budgets available to ensure effective distributions of commodities to all nooks and crannies.
This appeal was made when a team of advocacy from National Supply Chain Integration Project (NSCIP) paid advocacy visit to stakeholders in the health sector in Abeakuta, Ogun State.
Led by its Technical Leader, Pharmacist Abdulhameed Wasilat, memebrs on the entourage noted that the objective of setting up a Nigerian Supply Chain Integration Project by the Federal Government and consortium of International Donors and Partners was to bridge gaps and maintains uninterrupted supply system in the country.
Speaking on behalf of the team, Pharmacist Wasilat observed that if properly harnessed, the LMCU would improve the supply chain process in the state adding that it would also coordinate the distribution of drugs to the end- users and would also generate data on the quantity and quality of drugs needed by various health facilities in the state.
She pointed out that the LMCU would also assist in updating the relevant stakeholders about the quantity of drugs available in the store and the need to procure more or otherwise.
Receiving the team, State Commissioner for Health, Dr Babatunde Ipaye and Permanent Secretary Olatunde Agoro expressed total support towards the programme.
According to Dr Ipaye, the state already has the LMCU structure on ground promising that he would surely work with the Office of the Director Pharmaceutical Services to provide the required facilities to the LMCU office.
In her message, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Mrs. Dada Ajimobi and the Accountant General of the State/ Permanent Secretary Treasury, Mr. Dosumu Mukaila commended the Federal Government and partners for initiating the Programme.
Mukaila however advised the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole to take the conversation on the issue of LCMU before the Governors’ forum to give the Governors first-hand information on how important it is to budget for logistics and chain distribution.
Also speaking, Permanent Secretary, Budget and Planning, Mr. Hassan Adekunle promised to consider budgeting for LCMU henceforth in the State.
The Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Adedayo Adeneye said that his Ministry would partner with the State Ministry of Health to publicize the importance of having LCMU Unit in the State.
In 2014, the National Council on Health (NCH) approved the establishment of Logistic Management Coordinating Unit at the State and Local Government levels to carry out proper coordination of supply chain of drugs in all the states of the federation.
The programme is presently effective only in fourteen states out of 36 states and FCT.