Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano yesterday commissioned the State Drug Quality Control Laboratory and Drug Information Centre with the aim of checkmating the infiltration of fake and counterfeit drugs into the state’s health system.
The governor, while commissioning the projects at the State Central Medical Store, Amaku-Awka, explained that the centre which is the first of its kind in the entire South East will ensure that all drugs and medical sundries supplied to the state’s health care facilities are safe, effective and qualitative through on the spot qualitative analysis of all the drugs.
He added that the facilities which will be of immense benefit to all Anambrarians will ensure early detection and prevention of fake and counterfeit drugs.
He noted that, timely completion of the projects was in line with his administration’s resolve to provide quality healthcare services to the people and medical policies on infrastructure, comfort of the patients, training and welfare of the doctors and nurses in the state.
Gov. Obiano also noted that his administration recently purchased 6 speed water ambulances and 17 flying boats to help improve the healthcare of citizens in riverine areas.
Earlier in his address, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joe Akabuike thanked the governor for facilitating the completion of the two projects through his moral and financial support to the ministry, which according to him, were aimed at safe-guiding the health of the good people of Anambra state.
Dr. Akabuike noted that the facility will no doubt reduce mortality and morbidity, occasioned by the use of fake and counterfeit drugs, stressing that the gesture will fast track the attainment of the health related goals of the Millennium Development Goals, MDGs.

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