The United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) through its Partnership for Transforming Health Systems, (PATHS2) project, is investing 21 million pounds (approximately 5.2 billion naira) to improve the availability of basic health commodities such as essential drugs and medical equipment in Nigeria. This aid by the UK government is one of the largest investments in the procurement of drugs and equipment in the Nigerian health sector since the time of Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) in the late 90s. This intervention is expected to contribute significantly in the reduction of maternal and child mortality and morbidity by improving access to health commodities to a large proportion of the population in PATHS2 supported states. To begin the planning process for this huge intervention, PATHS2 organised a workshop recently where it provided technical support to officials of the State Ministries of Health from each of the PATHS2 supported states to effectively select, review and quantify the commodities notably essential drugs and medical consumables, medical equipment, laboratory equipment and Teaching Aids materials that will be needed to support health facilities in the states. PATHS2 is working towards improving access to quality services by addressing the key problems that plague Nigeria’s health sector such as dilapidated health facilities, inadequate skilled health workers and most importantly the perpetual problems of non-availability of basic commodities such as drugs and key medical equipment. Speaking at the workshop, PATHS2 National Programme Manager, Dr. Mike Egboh acknowledged the efforts of the UK government for the enormity of support they have rendered to the Nigerian communities in need.

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