PSN APPEALS TO FG TO EXTEND WAIVER ON MEDICAL SUPPLIES
Written by thereachfm on May 11, 2020
The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, PSN, yesterday, appealed to the Federal Government to extend the recent import waiver on medical supplies by President Muhammadu Buhari to all essential drugs and not only those related to COVID-19.
Stating this in Lagos, the President of the PSN, Pharm. Sam Ohuabunwa said the extension of the waiver to all essential drugs was necessary since there is no established treatment protocol all over the world for the novel coronavirus.
Ohuabunwa maintained that the extension is leading to pressure on the supply chain of essential drugs, thereby instigating price increase.
He said that Government is giving food palliative but no medicine palliative; stating that “… the most vulnerable for COVID-19 infection, the aged population, already have some underlying chronic diseases and are on essential medicines like anti-diabetics, anti-hypertensives and anticancer medications.”