May 21, 2024

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Lost Glory of the DMCSA Restored – Kano State Commissioner – of Health

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PRESS RELEASE

It has been emphasized that the lost glory of the Drugs and Medical Consumables Supply Agency (DMCSA), is gradually being restored with the current leadership of the Agency.

The Kano State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Abubakar Labaran Yusuf, made the disclosure while chairing the maiden quarterly review meeting of the DMCSA.

Dr. Labaran appreciated the fact that the performance of the leadership must be lauded considering the fact that within six months services of the Agency have completely changed from bad to better.

He elatedly revealed that within shortest span of time, the DMCSA has moved out from bankruptcy of minus N102,238,600.59 million fund value it inherited from the previous leadership to plus N19,999,941.12 million.

“This is something worthy of commendation. Another milestone is that, the DMCSA has now made our facilities to become 80% drugs available as against the 30% in the previous time. Joyfully is the fact that the success has been recorded in a situation where our currency is losing value by the day.

“I would like to sincerely thank the management of the DMCSA, especially its Director General; a person with high profile of courage, dedication and integrity. We hoped that you would continue with the good job that you have started”, said Dr. Labaran.

He stressed that he was optimistic that in the next quarter better results would emerge, and solicited for prayers for the Naira to have good value and market to stabilize for the economy of the country to thrive.

Earlier speaking, the DG of the DMCSA, Pharm. Gali Sule, congratulated Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf and Dr. Abubakar Labaran Yusuf for starting the activity during their tenure, saying that the activity is aimed at showcasing what the Agency is all about.

Pharm. Gali said that when they came on board, the Commissioner has constituted a committee that established baseline for their operations, lamenting that the baseline showed that the government has inherited DMCSA in bankruptcy and from that time to the end of December last year they have done series of activities aimed at stabilizing the Agency.

He maintained that the main purpose of the review meeting is to see what has been transpired from the time they took over to the end of December last year, stressing that the Agency, being the hub for supply chain of commodities, has to conduct the activity because there were lots of stakeholders that are supporting it and for many years of existence of the DMCSA nobody knows how it is operating.

The DG assured that they would be conducting such activity on quarterly basis so that stakeholders would vividly see what they were doing at the Agency, hoping that this would serve as an activity that would improve on the supply chain of commodities across the state.

He lamentably informed the gathering that the Agency has four zonal warehouses and central stores but there was no accountability framework at all the stores, adding that handing and taking over of activities are done without knowing what was there or what has been issued out.

Giving the overview of 2023 tender and DRF operations at the central medical store, the Director Drugs and Supply of the Agency, Pharm. Tukur Ibrahim, gave detailed explanations on how they were able to arrive at this tremendous success from bankruptcy to a thriving and prosperous DMCSA.

He attributed the success to the dexterity and political will of Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf in ensuring health sector is improved at all levels, coupled with the professional advises of Dr. Labaran in building their confidence whenever they approach him on one issue or the other.

Signed:
*Ibrahim Abdullahi*
Information Officer
Ministry of Health
5 February 2024

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