By, MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
The Bauchi State Government and USAID Global Health Supply Chain Procurement and Supply Management GHSC-PSM are poised to achieving uninterrupted supply of drugs in health facilities across the state.
The state commissioner of health, Dr. Zuwaira Ibrahim Hassan stated this at the lunch of the GHSC-PSM project of Drugs Revolving Fund in Bauchi weekend, saying DRF is key in the drug supply to health facilities especially at the primary health care level.
“Bauchi state currently has DRF in all its 27 secondary health and 133 primary health facilities, but there is need for expansion to cover the entire facilities in the state,” she said.
Dr. Zuwaira Hassan explained that the project will help improve maternal and neonatal health care and accelerate the achievement of universal health coverage by the state.
The Commissioner assured that the state will provide enabling environment for the success of the project and other development partners operating in the state.
In his remarks, Mr. Kenny Ottoh who is the Deputy Country Director of GHSC-PSM said the commitment and partnership programme is to improve drug revolving fund (DRF) governance and management in the state.
“The partnership will improve integration of the supply chain strategy across disease areas, help achieve uninterrupted delivery of commodities, improve data-driven decision-making, and improve visibility of supply chain data.
“Provide technical assistance in strategy and planning, forecasting and supply planning, quality assurance, warehousing and inventory management, transportation and distribution.
“Management information systems, governance and financing, and monitoring and evaluation, support the scale-up of maternal mortality and HIV/AIDS programmes in the state.
Ottoh noted that the programme is launched in Bauchi state because the state has good indicators and string commitment.
“Bauchi state is doing well on malaria and Family Planning, but there are concerns with regard data from malaria commodities as it does not correspond with the number of cases reported,’’ he said.
He however called for a proper monitoring framework and the programme will expand its focus to Maternal Neonatal health.
Ottoh explained that the drug revolving fund project is out to support the state in strengthening the existing systems towards a sustainable drug revolving fund that will ensure adequate supply of essential medicines.
He added that the programme is to be implemented through the State Drug management and medical Consumables Agency (DMMA).