Standard Treatment Guidelines - Nigeria, 2008
(2008; 116 pages)

This first edition of Standard Treatment Guidelines (STG) for the Nigerian health practitioner is coming relatively later than those of many other countries. It is indeed a welcome development. The STG is an important tool for the attainment of comprehensive and effective health care delivery services thereby achieving the goals of the National Drug Policy, which inter alia are: the availability of safe, efficacious and affordable medicines to satisfy the healthcare needs of the majority of the population and ensure the rational use of drugs. The fulfillment of the above mentioned goals is part of the strategic thrust of the Health Sector Reform Programme aimed at the reduction of disease burden and the improvement of access to quality health services. It is expected that the STG will become a major reference document for all health workers both in the public and private sectors. It is instructive to note that the development of the STG followed due process with wide consultations and meetings involving various stakeholders and interest groups. The document that has come out of this process is a reflection of the quality of the inputs that went into its development. In my opinion, this maiden edition of the STG has been produced and serialized in such a way as to assist health care providers especially doctors in the effective discharge of their duties as prescribers. It will also ensure discipline as only those medicines recommended will be prescribed for patients within a given health facility.
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