The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has disclosed that the National Health Policy of the present federal government has changed, asserting that the country has no business importing drugs.
Professor Adewole spoke in Benin City, the Edo State capital on the occasion of the inauguration of projects embarked upon by the outgoing Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Professor Michael Ibadin.
There are 12, 740 licensed pharmacists in the country, the Registrar of the Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria, (PCN), Elijah Mohammed, has said.
Licensed pharmacists are those licensed to practice in the industry. Mohammed, who disclosed this during a consultative meeting with Funding/Implementation partners in Abuja on Saturday, said there are over 21,000 registered pharmacists in the country.
Stakeholders in the health sector have commended the recent move by the Federal Government to ensure that Nigeria embarks upon the production of life-saving vaccines locally. They noted that the approval of the joint venture agreement between the Federal Government and May and Baker Plc will ensure that 20 per cent of the vaccines used in Nigeria are manufactured locally.
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