WRITTEN BY CHIBUZOR OKOYE
Anambra Ministry of Health has inaugurated Logistics Management Coordinating Units (LCMU) in 21 local government areas of the state for proper transportation of health care items across the state.
The LCMU is a unit in the State Ministry of Heath domiciled in the Department of Pharmaceutical Services to coordinate the implementation of the national supply chain policy of health products in order to achieve its set goals.
Inaugurating the LCMU committee in Awka, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joe Akabuike, said improving public health is a collective responsibility of all, stating that professional modalities are required to transport drugs, equipment, consumables and other essential items of health care delivery to the end users.
The Commissioner represented by the Director Primary Health Care Development, Dr. Emmanuel Okafor, expressed optimism that their activities would ensure professional handling of health items and facilitate delivery to hospitals in the state, adding that the objective of setting up the committees was to ensure that items reached targeted hospitals safely and in well coordinated manner based on professional health practices.
In their various presentation, the Anambra state LMCU Coordinator, Pharm. Ojukwu Okechukwu and the Zonal Coordinator South East , Nigeria Supply Integration Project Pharm. Tony Akunna, commended government’s commitment towards promoting health activities across the state and assured that the units would ensure that the management do the right thing in a right manner in terms of drug storage, distribution, data collection, validation, analysis and to report to authority any problem for necessary action.
Speaking to the ABS shortly after the event, the Head of Local Government Administration, Anambra East Council area, Honourable Chike Obuekwe, applauded the establishment of the units which he said will ensure accountability and transparency in public health sector and urged members of the units to be proactive and cooperate with one another toward achieving the desired results.
Formal inauguration of the LMCU committee form the high point of the event.