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  • Updated: April 02, 2024

Ex-MAN President to FG: Give medical palliatives to Nigerians

Ex-MAN President to FG: Give medical palliatives to Nigerian

Sam Ohuabunwa, the former Chairman of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria and former President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, has urged the Federal government to initiate medical palliatives to prevent Nigerians from succumbing to death due to a lack of access to quality drugs.

Speaking during the burial of Mother Grace Ugwu Ijiomanta, who passed away at the age of 102 in Arochukwu, Arochukwu Local Government Area of Abia State, Ohuabunwa emphasized the necessity of this action.

He highlighted that implementing medical palliatives would particularly benefit the less privileged Nigerians, who are unable to afford essential medications or manage their health conditions.

Ohuabunwa stressed that the declaration of medical palliatives would help alleviate the impact of the escalating prices of drugs in pharmacies across the country.

He pointed out that while previous and current administrations have focused on palliative programs related to food, it is equally crucial to address the healthcare needs of the population.

Ohuabunwa emphasized that without medical palliatives, the government's efforts might not fully address the healthcare challenges faced by the people.

The ex-chairman of MAN attributed the rising cost of drugs to the devaluation of the Naira and the nation’s currency’s struggles against the US Dollars.

He stated that most raw and finished products in the medical industry were imported from foreign countries.

“There is high inflation in the country and devaluation of the naira. Most of the raw materials and finished materials are imported.

“So, this is why the government should pay attention. While they are paying attention to food palliatives, they should also give medicine palliatives.

“I am hearing about food palliatives. I know that food is good but Nigerians also need medical palliatives to survive,” he said.


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