By: Prudence Okonna
To ensure that all the residents of the Federal Capital Territory enjoy uninterrupted healthcare delivery, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has set up a Drug Revolving Fund (DRF) initiative for its hospitals.
The FCT Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS), Dr. Abubakar Tafida, who inaugurated the scheme recently in Abuja, said the FCTA was determined to make healthcare services available to all the residents of the FCT.
This assurance was contained in a Press Statement signed by the Public Relations Officer, HHSS, Samuel Musa, and made available to Abuja Digest.
According to the Statement Secretary who was represented by the Director Pharmaceutical Services, Pharm. Boniface Ikwu, said under the new system, District drug distribution centres will be built in order to increase access, availability of quality medicines in the Territory.
He added that the centers will serve both public and private health facilities in the Territory; stressing that the roll out is part of the ownership and sustainability plan of HHSS with collaboration and technical support from United State Agency of International Development, Global Health Supply Chain – Procurement and Supply Chain (USAID GHSC-PSM) program.
The Secretary said that Global Health Supply Chain – Procurement and Supply Chain (USAID GHSC-PSM) program they conducted Health facilities DRF readiness assessment in preparation for the revitalization of the DRF scheme in the FCT.
The inauguration was a follow up of a two weeks intensive Training of an in-state team by the USAID GHSC-PSM programs held recently, in Kano state.
Dr. Tafida charged the In-State Team to work for the set target; emephasizing that the journey has just begun, to move health services forward, adding that failure is never an option, ” DRF must Succeed in the FCT ” .
The secretary also thanked USAID – GHSCM- PSM team for Committing so much resources to the cause of sustaining DRF in the Federal Capital Territory.