Muhammad Ali Pate, the health minister, has highlighted concerns regarding the substantial out-of-pocket expenses endured by Nigerians when accessing crucial medicines and pharmaceutical products.
Pate’s statements, shared on social media, outlined the government’s commitment under President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda to alleviate citizens’ financial burden in obtaining essential medications.
He said his ministry aims to implement policies targeting the reduction of medicine prices, particularly benefitting the most vulnerable sectors of Nigerian society.
He commented on the ongoing 64th National Council on Health (#NCH64) in Ekiti State while engaging with representatives and CEOs of pharmaceutical companies nationwide.
Pate announced an upcoming closed-door meeting next week, inviting critical national pharmaceutical sector stakeholders.
He said the meeting seeks to facilitate dialogue and cooperation, focusing on actionable solutions to drive substantial improvements in Nigeria’s healthcare system.
”Our intent is to stimulate private sector-led, sustainable, local production of critical health products.
‘’We have scheduled an invitation-only meeting next week with the key national actors in the industry to follow up and find workable solutions,” he noted.