The United States Agency for International Development, (USAID) Global Health Supply Chain has officially renovated, equipped and handed over the revamped Essential Drug Program complex to the Cross River State Government.
A statement from the Cross River state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Beta Edu, reveals that the rehabilitated structure now has fully furnished offices and a standard conference hall.
Recall that after the EndSars protest which took place on the 24th of October 2020, the Essential Drug Programme Complex which houses offices for Development Partners was among government that were vandalized.
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The statement quoted the Pharmaceutical Commodities Logistics Manager of USAID Nigeria, Adenike Adelanwa who was in company of the Supply Chain Advisor of USAID Washington, Ashey Greve, as commending the State government and Health Ministry for exceptional performance in the Health sector despite the numerous setbacks that came with the vandalism.
“I wish to commend the government of Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade who through his workaholic and committed health commissioner Dr. Betta Edu has been able to keep the ministry running. The Commissioner invited our organization to step in and support the state rebuild, we are happy we could step in and support.
“The Partnership has been great and the bond will only continue to grow bigger as we will continue to work together in synergy with a goal to ensure that health commodities get to those who need them at the right time and place. We’re very proud of your efforts that have sustained the system even with the limited facilities.”
Commissioner for Health, Dr. Betta Edu while accepting the complex on behalf of the State Governor Senator Ayade, thanked USAID for the great support.
“I want to on behalf of the Governor Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade thank our strong and reliable partner USAID who has today returned back our vandalized EDP offices as brand new and upgraded.
“Essential drugs and logistics supply chain are core to delivering quality Healthcare services and achieving Universal Health Coverage. It was very devastating to see our LMCU go down, our drugs and store houses vandalized and looted. We are glad that we are back and better!
And while commending the Regional Director for USAID, Ikponmwosa Ihasa for being steadfast and supportive solicited with them to help strengthen the Logistics Management Coordinating Unit, (LMCU), as well as essential drug supply which remains the key to achieving Universal Health Coverage, Dr. Edu called for stronger partnership to strengthen the State’s Warehouse can be back to a grade A Pharma.
“We are aware of your expertise in logistics Management, we want to appeal that you support us to build more capacity for our staff.”