The Nigeria Senate is ready to have the Ministers of Well being, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Commerce and Business, Chief Niyi Adebayo to clarify the importation of about one billion syringes and needles from China and India in opposition to coverage tips.
Director-Normal of the Nationwide Company for Meals and Drug Administration, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye can also be anticipated to affix the duo.
The choice was taken by the Senate Committee on Well being after a two-day public listening to that exposed how the native industries that manufacture syringes and needles weren’t patronised.
The general public listening to which ended on Tuesday checked out: “The necessity to regulate the manufacturing, importation, and use of syringes and needles to guard the lives and security of Nigerians in addition to the financial system of Nigeria.”
Chairman, Senate Committee on Well being, Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe famous the Minister of Commerce and Business’s deliberate refusal to implement the “Backward Integration Coverage”, on native manufacturing of syringes within the final 5 years.
In response to the Chairman, it was in opposition to the State coverage that NAFDAC licensed corporations in India and China to import syringes and needles into Nigeria.
He lamented that the licensing of overseas corporations have killed native producers of syringes and needles.
Oloriegbe revealed that native producers have capability to satisfy the over one billion models of syringe and needles every year wanted in Nigeria, saying the event had denied the nation of big overseas trade.
“We requested the Ministers to seem earlier than the Committee on April 15, to clarify, since they’re within the mainstream of Backward Integration Coverage implementation.
“NAFDAC too must produce a listing of corporations it has licensed within the final fifteen years”, Oloriegbe mentioned.