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We are committed to provision of qualitative, affordable drugs – Yobe agency

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By Bala Dauda, Damaturu

 

The Yobe State Drugs and Medical Consumables Management Agency (YODMA) has assured that it will continue to provide qualitative and affordable drugs and medical consumables to the citizenry.

Pharmacist Abdul-Aziz Garba Muhammad, YODMA Executive Secretary, stated this in Damaturu when the state Information Management System (IMS) team paid him an official visit.

He said it is in fulfilment of this commitment that the agency established zonal warehouses in Damaturu, Gashua and Nguru local government areas.

Muhammad listed some of the categories of the drugs stocked in the warehouses to include antibiotics, antimalarial, anti diabetic, anti hypertension, reagents, emergency drugs, among others.

The executive secretary said the agency was established in Dec. 2019 with the mandate of procuring, storing and distributing qualitative drugs and medical consumables to healthcare centres across the state.

He noted that YODMA supplies its products to over 235 primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare centres, adding that the goal of the agency is to encourage all healthcare centres in the state to patronise it for genuine drugs.
Muhammad assured that the agency would key into new reforms proposed by the information management system team for enhanced service delivery.
He, however, called on the team to raise awareness on the need for private health facilities, philanthropists, NGOs, donor agencies to patronize YODMA for high quality drugs.

In his remarks, the Team Lead, Alhaji Ali Isa Yawale, said the team was at the agency to assess its information management capacity, especially how it is processes, stores and utilizes information.

“ The purpose of this visit is to interact with you and your information management team to gain a preliminary understanding of the existing information management capacity within your agency,” he said.

Yawale, who is also the Director, Information Services, state Ministry of Home Affairs, Information and Culture, said the team would work with development partners to build the capacity of information managers at the agency for effective performance.

The team comprises officials from the state’s ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA).

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