FG reiterates the need to create budget line for LMCU
Federal Ministry of Health has reiterated the need for State Governments across the country to crate LMCU budget outline for efficient coordination of supply chain of drugs and other health related commodities from procurement, warehousing, Inventory and transportation to the end- users in the state.
This was made known in Akure, Ondo State, during a stakeholder’s forum. In her presentation, the Technical lead of the advocacy Team from National Supply Chain Management Programme, Federal Ministry of Health, Pharm Uzoma Atu, highlighted the benefits of setting up a state LMCU to include improving report on supply chain activities, building capacity of the state facilities with the ability to generate distribution orders and coordinate movement of drug and health commodities.
Pharm Atu, urged the Ondo State Government, Development partners and relevant stakeholders to embrace the programme at the state and local government levels.
She lauded Ondo state for having a domiciled logistics management coordination unit (LMCU) office which is being headed by a Deputy Director. She further said that there was need to extend the programme to the local government level.
She informed that the National Supply Chain Management Programme would provide the state ministry of health with a consultant that could assist the LMCU with training on developing their operationalization work plan, the integrated supply chain, curriculum, monitoring, supervision framework and other critical areas relevant to their work.
Earlier, in her remark, the speaker of Ondo state, House of Assembly, RT. Hon. Jumoke Akindele, pledged the support of the state Assembly towards ensuring that LMCU sustained its budget line and promised to monitor the activities of the programme in the state.
Also in his remark, the State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Dayo Adeyanju, stressed that the LMCU has been operationalize in the state health system ,he also informed that there was a budget outline for the programme.
He pointed out that the LMCU was crucial to the government to avoid overlapping of drugs, expiration of drugs and proper monitoring and movement of drugs/health commodities.
In his remark, the Director of Pharmaceutical Services, Ondo State Ministry of Health, Pharm. Gbenga Lasekan, noted that the SMOH had a standard LMCU office with the support of the state government. He further said that the programme was fully integrated in the health system of Ondo State.