Pate, others to appraise surge in medicine costs in the country

The Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Mohammad Pate; Director-General of the National Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Moji Adeyeye, and other health experts and policymakers, will address the issue of the rising cost of drugs and medical care in Nigeria, on Tuesday, April 30.

The webinar is organized by TheCable Newspaper, an online media outlet, as part of the activities to mark its 10th anniversary.

This is contained in a statement issued by the newspaper on Monday, April 29, and shared with Premium Times by its editor, Kolapo Olapoju.

The event is scheduled to be held between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

“With only 7% of the population having access to quality health insurance and over 70% relying on out-of-pocket expenditures, the situation has reached a critical point, exacerbating the country’s already dismal health indices,” the statement reads in part.

TheCable aims to create a dialogue on the soaring costs of essential medicines and medical supplies and their impact on citizens, through this event.

The event is also expected to feature other concerned parties within the nation’s healthcare value chain including the President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Uche Ojinmah; the Executive Secretary of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Group of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN}, Frank Muonemeh, and the Executive Secretary of the Anambra State Primary Health Agency, Chisom Uchem.

The statement further noted that participants will explore the reasons behind the surge in healthcare costs and identify potential solutions to ensure Nigerians have access to essential medicines.

The webinar will be moderated by a health professional, Henry Ewunonu, “and will provide real-life narratives and accounts that shed light on the ripple effects of the healthcare crisis on Nigerians’ well-being.”

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