Drug revolving fund’s guidelines must be followed —DG HMB
Kano State Hospital Management Board (HMB) observed that failure to comply with the set guidelines of the State’s Drug Revolving Fund (DRF) programme by health facilities in the State has been the key setback dragging its expected positive outcome.
The Director-General Hospitals Management Board, Dr. Nasiru Alhassan Kabo dropped the hint while delivering his speech at the Quarterly Review Meeting with the Medical Officers, Accountants and Pharmacists In-charge, held at Ni’ima Guest Place, Kano.
Dr. Kabo stated that there have been a lot of problems bedevilling DRF programme in the State, but measures have been put in place to tackle them following the crucial meetings conducted with the Zonal Directors and some key stakeholders with a view to finding lasting solutions to the problems.
“We are alarmed by what is happening regarding the DRF scheme in the hospitals. As managers of the facilities, you are fully aware of these problems. We cannot continue to allow this to happen. We must salvage the system. Internally, we have instituted some measures which we have conveyed to Zonal Directors with a view to stepping them down to other stakeholders for adequate adherence,” the Director-General explained.
Dr. Kabo noted with dismay the discrepancies characterised the DRF that have become stumbling blocks to its designed outcome despite total support the programme is enjoying from the state government under Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.
“Henceforth, all sales must be receipted and the receipts should be tabulated in the appropriate books. The in-charges of all the facilities have to lodge the sales of that respective date immediately and collect bank statements on weekly basis to reconcile and tabulate to ensure the records are accurate.
“On no account should you hold cash at hand. Also, in-charges should put cash lodgments and bank statements together and submit to Zonal Directors bi-weekly. Having collected the sequential four weeks’ documents, then the Zonal Directors should forward them to the Board on monthly basis,” the Director General instructed.
He also cautioned facilities against external purchase of drugs but from the Drugs and Consumables Supply Management Agency, adding that they should quickly inform the Board if their consignments have not reached them within 24 hours of putting order for follow-up and further action, noting that all these were clearly stipulated in the DRF guidelines and have to be complied with.
Earlier in his opening remarks, the Director Medical Services, Dr. Muhammad DahiruShehu had disclosed that the Kano DRF was doing very well and it was the best in the country despite challenges so much so that even some states were coming to emulate them hence, the Board’s resolve to overcome the challenges by sticking to the laid down guidelines.
Explaining the objectives of the meeting, the Director Pharmaceutical Services, Pharm. GhaliSule, said that it is to fulfill and implement activities of Child Health MoU, to review the performance and progress of DRF in the last quarter, to review the outcome of the monthly supervision of the State Drugs Supply Sustainable Committee, to track the action points developed during the second quarter review, to chart a way forward and develop action points based on challenges encountered in the last quarter.
In his closing remark, the Director Pharmaceutical Services Ministry of Health, Pharm. Abdullahi Umar represented by Pharm. AbdulazizHamisu, commended participants for their heart-warming contributions to see that the DRF programme is running the way it should in the facilities, said the Board’s Public Relations Officer, Ibrahim Abdullahi.