Medicine Supply Management in Nigeria: A Case Study of Ministry of Health, Kaduna State
(2007; 5 pages)


Procurement of drugs is quite expensive. The proper supply management would ensure the judicious use of limited financial resources. Medicines are quite expensive. The economic implications of increasing medicine prices in poor economic settings have made it vital to deal extensively with supply and financial management issues coupled with medicine revolving funds. This study aimed at identifying and examining the problems associated with medicine supply management in the public sector. The research design for the study followed a pattern of personal observation, informal interview with key informants and some officials, followed by semi structured questionnaire. This study found out that there are several problems militating against effective and efficient management of medicine supply. These range from delay in approval of logistics, lack of interest in funding the system, inadequate financial resources, poor salary of personnel, and financial mismanagement which resulted in some of the major constraints. Besides, weak management system, incompetent staffing, lack of up-to-date knowledge and training of personnel involved, all presented a real challenge of finding lasting solution to the situation at stake. Funding of medicine supply by government alone is inadequate to ensure availability with sustainability. New trends in the managing of medicine supply that will provide effective and efficient set of practices aimed at ensuring the timely availability and appropriate use of safe, quality medicines and services must come into play.

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