TECHNICAL REPORT OF THE PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION OF NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR PHARMACEUTICAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT HEALTH ENGAGEMENT EDUCATION, ACCESS DISCOURSE (NIPRD-HEEAD)
The National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development held its inaugural Health Engagement, Education and Access Discourse (HEEAD) session on Monday the 24th of June, 2019, at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja The theme of the forum was “Developing a Robust and Comprehensive Policy to Catalyse Pharma Industrial Development: Setting Agenda for the Next Level”. Several sub-themes pertinent to boosting the development of local pharmaceutical industry were discussed by stakeholders in attendance.
The NIPRD-HEEAD provided a platform whereby Researchers engaged the Industry and also listened to their needs. Concurrently, stakeholders and Policymakers such as the public officials from both the Executive and Legislature arms of government interacted with the other groups to better understand their needs and expectations. Evidence indicates that this model improves governance outcomes, better communication, and more reactive policy making.
The three key presentations were delivered as follows: Actualizing the Potential of the Nigeria Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Sector by Mr. Mopa Esuga; Developing a Pharma Sector Policy: Bridging the Legislative, Executive and Industry Gap by Prof. Nelson Ochekpe, mni; Challenges and Barriers to Catalysing Pharma Industrial Development and Growth in Nigeria by Dr. John Alfa, FPSN. There were discussions by participants during the Integrative Discussion Panel where major stakeholders delivered goodwill messages and contributed to the discussions on the papers presented. The event was declared open by the Vice-President Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, GCON, SAN, represented by Alhaji Abdulaziz Mashi Abdullahi, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health.
The sessions had in-depth discussions on the themes presented and deliberations were very analytical and suggestions were proffered by experts present on most issues raised.