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President Bola Tinubu addresses drug prices and medicine scarcity

According to Dr. Tunji Alausa, the minister of state for health and social welfare, President Bola Tinubu is extremely concerned about the escalating costs of pharmaceuticals and the dearth of necessary medications in Nigeria. According to Alausa, President Tinubu is having trouble sleeping because of these problems, and he is determined to find long-term solutions to deal with them.

Speaking to journalists after the official commissioning of a new clinical complex at the Federal Medical Centre, Ebute Metta, Lagos, Dr. Alausa highlighted the high cost of drugs and the departure of some multinational pharmaceutical companies from Nigeria as critical issues that President Tinubu is actively working to resolve.

According to Dr. Alausa, the President has directed the Ministry of Health to explore sustainable measures to tackle the problem of escalating drug prices. He emphasized that President Tinubu is dedicated to establishing a healthcare system in Nigeria that is not only immediate but also enduring and comprehensive.

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“Mr. President is having sleepless nights on this drug scarcity. He has discussed with us what we need to do. What President Bola Ahmed Tinubu wants for this country is sustainable, durable, comprehensive healthcare. He just doesn’t want us to scratch the surface,” stated Dr. Alausa.

He further emphasized President Tinubu’s genuine commitment to the health sector, noting that the President aims to invest time and resources to enhance the healthcare system in the country. Dr. Alausa acknowledged the existing challenges and urged Nigerians to be patient, assuring them that improvements would be implemented soon.

“I know things are hard, but Nigerians should bear with us. Things will be turned to get better in the not-too-distant future,” he assured.

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