Last week, the Benue State House of Assembly Standing Committee on Health disclosed during the plenary, that it had discovered expired drugs worth N73 million at the state’s Hospitals Management Board which were not even procured through due process.
The chairman of the State House of Assembly Standing Committee on Health, Mr. Adoga Onah, said that the discovery was made in the course of its oversight duty to the board. He added that efforts to get the National Agency for Foods and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to destroy the drugs had not been successful. He blamed incessant industrial actions by doctors for the expiration of the drugs, saying that the expiry dates of some of the drugs were very close before procurement.
“We must move very fast and ensure that the drugs are destroyed before they cause havoc to innocent Benue residents,” he said.
The chairman lamented on the poor state of the health sector and urged the state government to declare a state of emergency on all hospitals in the state.
The house directed the board to urgently look at getting NAFDAC to destroy the expired drugs to avoid the risk of them getting to the public.