According to FG, Nigeria imports 100% of vaccines and 99% of medical gadgets

Apr 18, 2024 | Politics | 0 comments

Dr. Abdu Mukhtar, the National Coordinator of the Presidential Unlocking Healthcare Value-Chain Initiative, revealed startling statistics regarding Nigeria’s reliance on imported healthcare products. Speaking at the 11th Medic West Africa exhibition in Lagos, Mukhtar disclosed that Nigeria imports 70% of pharmaceuticals, 99% of medical devices, and 100% of vaccines.

His presentation shed light on the heavy dependence on imports, with countries like India and China leading the imports of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and vaccines. Mukhtar emphasized the need for local manufacturing to address this reliance, noting that although there is momentum in pharmaceutical manufacturing, it currently only covers finished health product goods.

The event, organized by Informa Markets and Medic West Africa, kicked off at the Landmark Centre in Lagos, providing a platform for discussions on critical healthcare issues.

In another development, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is gearing up for a new National Chairman following former Chairman Iyorchia Ayu’s decision to withdraw all pending appeals at the Court of Appeal. This move indicates Ayu’s commitment to the party’s unity and stability.

Meanwhile, the Independent Media and Policy Initiative (IMPI) accused former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of stirring controversy over the Lagos-Calabar coastal highway project to discredit it. IMPI’s chairman, Chief Niyi Akinsiju Cifian, clarified that Atiku’s criticism was aimed at undermining the project’s significance.

In a positive development, President Bola Tinubu directed the inclusion of National Open University (NOUN) graduates in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme. This directive underscores Tinubu’s commitment to expanding opportunities for Nigerian youths.

However, tensions rose as the Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ibadan ordered the remand of 29 suspected Yoruba Nation agitators for invading the Oyo State Secretariat premises. The defendants were arraigned for their involvement in the failed invasion of the secretariat and the Governor’s Office.

Amidst these developments, the All Progressives Congress (APC) rallied behind its National Chairman, Dr. Abdulahi Ganduje, with executives from his Local Government Area (LGA) and ward in Kano State expressing solidarity despite alleged reports of his suspension.

On a positive note, President Tinubu commended Dangote Oil and Gas Limited for reducing the price of Automotive Gas Oil (diesel), providing relief to consumers.

However, legal battles ensued as a High Court in Lokoja, Kogi State, restrained the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission from violating the fundamental human rights of Alhaji Yahaya Bello, former Kogi State Governor.

Furthermore, the Federal Government opposed the conditions presented by Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), for the resumption of his trial.

Lastly, Prof. Vincent Osunkalu, Head of Haematology and Blood Transfusion at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos (LUTH), clarified that donated blood cannot be provided for free due to the associated costs. He addressed misconceptions surrounding blood donation, emphasizing the financial considerations involved.

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