In the heart of Nigeria, a transformative journey unfolded in Bauchi State. This was not just any ordinary week; it marked a significant stride in healthcare development, led by our Procurement Experts in Nigeria. Spearheaded by Joseph Omokhapue and Mirabel Okafor, the team embarked on a diagnostic exercise that would lay the groundwork for future healthcare improvements in the region.
One of the important moments of this journey was the team's courtesy visit to the newly appointed Commissioner for Health. This meeting was more than a formality; it was a bridge connecting the visions of our project with the aspirations of Bauchi State's healthcare system. The Commissioner was thoroughly briefed on our project's objectives, scope, scale, and the strides we have already achieved.
The essence of this diagnostic exercise lay in its ability to bring together various stakeholders, each playing a crucial role in the procurement and management of Pharmaceuticals, Medical Consumables, and Medical Equipment. These interviews were not just conversations but a means to delve into the end-to-end procurement processes that form the backbone of healthcare in the State.
Our interactions spanned across the Bauchi State Drug and Medical Supplies Management Agency (DMMA) and the State Ministry of Health (SMoH), involving influential figures such as:
Managing Director, Pharm Abdulkadir Ahmed
Director of Pharmaceutical Supplies, Pharm Haulatu Sabitu
Director of Finance and Accounts, Nuhu Salem Muhammad
Head of Administration and HR, Abdullahi Ibrahim
Procurement/Warehousing Team, Pharm Ubale Ahmad and Pharm Nuruddeen Saleh
Director of Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation, Mr. Ibrahim A. Tata
Chief Accountant, Mukhtar M. Tukur
Honorable Commissioner for Health, Dr. Adamu Sambo
Permanent Secretary, Mr. Ali Babayo
Director, Pharmaceutical Services, Pharm. Umar G. Gumau
Representative of Planning, Research, and Statistics, Mr. Adamu Saad Abdullahi
This diagnostic exercise was far more than a series of meetings and interviews; it was an important step in understanding and enhancing the procurement processes crucial for healthcare in Bauchi State. The insights and data gathered are invaluable, providing a clear path for our ongoing efforts to improve health procurement systems not just in Bauchi State but across Africa.
As we reflect on this successful exercise, our commitment to enhancing healthcare delivery across the continent is stronger than ever. The journey continues, and we are dedicated to building upon these engagements, fostering relationships, and making a tangible impact in the lives of many. Join our network, lets change the world together www.healthprocurementafrica.org