The Benue State government announced its readiness to destroy unused expired drugs worth over N100 Million discovered in the store of the Muhammadu Buhari Mother and Child Hospital, Makurdi.
Dr. Stephen Hwande, the Chief Medical Director, CMD, of Benue State University Teaching Hospital, BSUTH, made the disclosure after inspecting facilities at the hospital ahead of the commencement of medical services at the 120-bed hospital.
Hwande expressed shock that medicines of such huge value were left to rot when the state was grappling with a large number of Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, who would have benefitted from the drugs.
He said under the new management, such would never happen again, assuring that under Governor Hyacinth Alia’s administration, “Benue people would receive the best and affordable medical services.”
He applauded the Governor for giving priority attention to healthcare service delivery in the state saying “his interest has prevented the Federal Government from taking back the Mother and Child Hospital from the State due to under utilization.”
Dr. Hwande assured that “when the hospital becomes operational, services like IVF, out patients services, health insurance, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology as well as mild surgery would be offered at a rate that would be afforded by the common man while antenatal cards and cards for children under five years would be free.”
The CMD noted that the expired drugs would be destroyed publicly on Friday, November 3, 2023.
Contributing, the Coordinator of the Hospital, Dr. Luper Uva stated that although the hospital was built for only women and children, the new CMD thought it wise to add a general outpatients department to enable men also get treatment at the facility.
He said “the hospital is equipped with modern facilities with electronic medical record facility to make services efficient and easier, solar power systems which provides uninterrupted power as well as water and other facilities.”
According to reports, the 120 bed facility which was commissioned in March 2022 was built by the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, in collaboration with the Benue State government.