The President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration on Wednesday donated 70 tons of medical supplies valued at about N150 million to the Cameroonian Government to assist the victims of the train accident at Eseka, Cameroon on October 21, 2016.
The goods, delivered by a delegation led by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Khadija Bukar Abba Ibrahim, was received by the Prime Minister of Cameroon, Philemon Yang, on behalf of President Paul Biya.
Yang expressed the appreciation of his country to Buhari and extolled the President’s thoughtfulness in identifying with Cameroon at this period when 80 lives were lost to the train accident and about 700 injured.
Speaking in Cameroon through the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Hajia Binta Adamu Bello, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, noted that all drugs donated were manufactured in Nigeria by indigenous pharmaceutical companies.
Adewole said President Buhari was committed to empowering local pharmaceutical companies as part of the Change Agenda in the health sector, adding that the ultimate goal was to make Nigerian companies compete favorably with their foreign counterparts and make their products acceptable in the global market.
He therefore called on all Nigerian manufacturers of medical supplies to comply with internationally acceptable standards and maintain global best practices.
The drugs, which have a minimum shelf life of 18 months, comprises of analgesics, multivitamins, antimicrobials, antispasmodics, pediatrics medicines, anthelmintic, anti diarrhea/amobecide, anti-allergies, corticosteroids, anxiolytics, anti-malarias, local anesthetics, antiemetics, eye drops/ointments, infusions, laxatives, supplements and other consumables.