In a bid to eliminate the challenges with the supply and quality of drugs in the implementation of health insurance in Nigeria, the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has inaugurated a Drug Supply Implementation Committee at the corporate head office of the organization in Abuja by the Executive Secretary of NHIS, Prof. Mohammed Sambo.
Prof. Mohammed Sambo reportedly said that the inauguration was following a fruitful strategic stakeholder engagement in October 2019 with pharmaceutical manufacturers and companies.
Prof. Mohammed Sambo reportedly said that “it is for this reason that our reform agenda mainstreamed the identification and resolution of drug-related gaps and challenges under the NHIS. The quality and supply of drugs are not only crucial to the achievement of the mandate of NHIS but have far-reaching implications on the status of any country’s health sector.”
Prof. Mohammed Sambo reportedly charged the committee to upheld the factors that would engender availability, affordability, acceptability, high-quality drugs, and accessibility of drugs.
Prof. Mohammed Sambo reportedly highlights the terms of reference of the committee including the production of guidelines for the implementation of branding of drugs and products under NHIS, developing a monitoring and evaluation framework, outline the process for the distribution of drugs, among others.
Membership of the broad-based committee is drawn from critical stakeholders, including the Federal Ministries of Health, Finance and Industry, and Trade and Investment.
Others are the National Forum of Commissioners for Health, Forum of CEOs of State Social Health Insurance Agencies, Committee of CMDs/MDs of tertiary health institutions, Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Group of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, Association of Industrial Pharmacists of Nigeria, NAFDAC, National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD), among others.
Also, represented on the committee are the Nigeria Customs Service, as well as staff of the Programmes, Planning as well as Standards and Quality Assurance Departments of NHIS.