Mr. Ahmed Yakasai, the President of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN)Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), has called for the implementation of the National Health Act to fast tract the process of healthcare delivery in the country.
Yakasai made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja.
He said that PSN had been the vanguard of pushing for the implementation of the law, adding that the government should endeavour to act promptly.
“We have been advocating to make sure that the National Health Act is thoroughly implemented.
“We have heard that the Minister of Health has released funds for the Basic Health Provision Fund of five per cent from the National Health Act,’’ the PSN president said..
He stated that the society was doing a lot on education, adding that without education Nigeria will not be able to provide the global health she aspired to.
“We are all out to see the element of Universal Health Coverage, we are involved and we will make sure we carry on the research and development,’’ said Yakasai.
He said that the PSN had been promoting phytomedicines herbals through the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development.
He said the society would create the culture of information in partnership with the Ministry of Information where Nigerians would be able to access information.
“Before now we don’t have the PSN established information centre licensed by UK information centre to have room for all patients and medical providers will be able to access information that is genuine and original.
“The problem is weak financing, research cannot happen without money, Nigeria is not doing well in the research as South Africa is ahead of us,” he said.
Yakasai said that Nigeria lack petrol chemical industries where you can have raw materials, noting that 98 per cent of raw materials are imported.
He said Nigeria was still saddled with the problem of infrastructure, where you have to buy almost everything and fend for yourself medically.