By Chukwudi Nwauba 

Awka, May 7, 2021 (MOI) Anambra State Government has commended the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) and Ogbogwu Drug Traders for peacefully resolving to relocate to the proposed Coordinated Wholesale Centre (CWC), Oba permanent site.   

Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala explained that the Federal Government designed the CWC as a way of curbing fake drugs and promoting healthy living in Nigeria. 

Anambra, Kaduna, Lagos State and others were selected for the establishment of the CWC in Nigeria. 

Dr Okpala said this at the first joint extraordinary meeting of all subscribers of Central Pharmaceutical and Allied Products Wholesale Limited in Onitsha. 

He noted that the state government through his ministry did not relent in engaging parties involved to resolve the long drawn issue that had lingered for many years. 

“What you see that happened here is great news and a welcomed development in the health sector of the state. 

“I understand that from now onwards PSN, Ogbogwu Traders are moving as CWC, which means that all of you have the same interests and you cannot do without each other. 

“So, we are happy that Ogbogwu dealers, Pharmacists now have a union and that is why the government is here to witness it and we are excited that if it continues to work people will begin to enjoy life,’’ he said. 

According to him the most common cause of death among pregnant women is postpartum hemorrhage. 

Postpartum hemorrhage is when a woman experiences heavy bleeding after giving birth; it is a serious but rare condition and it usually happens within a day after giving birth. 

 “But it can happen up to 12 weeks after having a baby and about 1 to 5 in 100 women who have a 1 to 5 per cent have postpartum hemorrhage.   

“Our experience during this COVID-19 pandemic shows that a number of people in healthcare contributed to the deaths of patients because they refuse to listen to instructions and guidelines. 

“Women that die from postpartum hemorrhage are because the Pitocin or Oxytocin that is supposed to help stop the bleeding that is temperature regulated may not be regulated by the people that sell it cause death. 

“When this CWC is ready, NAFDAC, NDLEA, State Ministry of Health and other regulatory bodies in the health sector will have their offices there, as well monitor activities in the state,’’ he said. 

 Dr Okpala assured that his ministry would continue to support and assist the union in order to achieve the objectives of the Federal and state government toward the CWC project. 

Registrar, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Mr E Mohammed in his goodwill message, wished them well and assured them of his support. 

CWC Chairman, Mr Uche Eze thanked the commissioner, whose effort and commitment helped in resolving their issues. 

Mr. Eze said that the traders could not do without the expertise of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria and that is why they have formed the synergy, the CWC would be domiciled in the State ministry of health.  In attendance during the event include Mrs. Edith Egbuonu, Director Pharmaceutical Services, Mr. Victor Nwizu, Director Pharmaceutical Sciences and Hospital Management Board, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Medical Supply/Facility, Mrs. Oluchi Onyedikachi. (MOI)

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