The Hon. Commissioner, Kano State Ministry of Health, Dr. Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa says Drug Revolving fund (DRF) is a program that is put forward to ensure the addition of infrastructure development and improvement of Human Resources.
The Information Officer, Ministry of Health, Hadiza Mustapha Namadi in a signed statement said Dr. Tsanyawa made the statement, Monday, at the ongoing 3-days workshop on DRF operational guideline review and dissemination of finding on Sustainable Drugs Supply System (SDSS) activity in Kaduna organized by Kano State Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) UK, Lafiya Program.
“The periodic review of the guidelines is part of the requirement for successful Program implementation,” Dr. Tsanyawa added.
The Hon. Commissioner said the Sustainable Drug Supply System Program is being implemented by Kano State Government to ensure the availability and accessibility of qualitative drugs at all time.
He commended the state Government under the leadership of the health friendly Governor His Excellency Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje OFR for according health care priority in government Programs and activities.
In his remarks, the representative of the state team lead of FCDO – UK, Lafiya Program, who is the Health System Strengthening Coordination, Alh. Abubakar Tijjani said FCDO has supported Kano State to Design, Establish and Implement sustainable Drugs Revolving Fund (DRF) scheme under the umbrella of a Sustainable Drugs Supply System (SDSS) in Kano State. The support is through its various programs; PATHS, HCP, PATHS 2, MNCH2, and now Lafiya Program.
According to the statement, in 2020, FCDO-Lafiya program supported the state to conduct assessments (DRF and Rapid Price Survey) which help in understanding the status of DRF system in the state and also inform the review of the state DRF operational guidelines (State SDSS Committee, DMCSA, SHCs, PHCs, and D&E Operational Guidelines) including the design of the 2021 open tender process of the state’s Drugs Management and Consumable Supply Agency (DMCSA).
Tijjani added that the findings from the analysis will also be used in finding a way of integrating the drug supply systems of the state’s free MCH drugs, the state social health insurance agency’s drugs supply system, the DRF scheme as well as the Basic Health Care Provision Funds program.