Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Central Hospital Project To Be Completed In 12 Months - Adams Oshiomhole

Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo said in Benin on Wednesday that work would soon resume at the Central Hospital project in Benin.

Oshiomhole made the announcement at the commencement of activities to mark the 2013 Week of the State Chapter of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria.

He said that the project would be completed in 12 months and equipped with state-of-the-art facilities.

Oshiomhole said an accident, caused by a structural defect, made government to stop work on the project in 2012.

He, however, said that the defect had been identified, while the contract for the project and its design have been reviewed.

The governor also said that the state government would now include Pharmacists in the Health Management Board, when reconstituted.

Oshiomhole commended Pharmacists for being committed to the ethics of their profession.

He said that good health was very important in every sphere of human endeavour, saying that policy statements should be implemented, not just made.

Earlier, the National President of the Society, Mr Akintayo Olumide, had appealed to the Edo Government to include its members in the state executive council.

In a lecture titled: ``Medicine and the Society,’’ Mrs Felicia Oriafo-Odaro, a former Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Health, said that access to health and medicine were a human right because every disease depended on medicine for cure.

Oriafo-Odaro, however, said that the challenges to quality health care included counterfeiting, substandard, fake and adulterated medicines and the chaotic medicine distribution system.

She said that factors that encouraged the counterfeiting of drugs were poverty, absence of deterrent legislation, a combination of high demand for a particular drug and sometimes, low production.

She said other factors included the absence of an official supply chain or a chaotic and disorganised supply.

Oriafo-Odaro said that pharmacists played a major role in maintaining public health and helped to relieve suffering and disease conditions.

She, therefore, urged them to ensure safe and appropriate use of medical products and related devices. (NAN)

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