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Drug Import: National Security and Self-sufficiency in Medicine Production in Nigeria

Drug Import: National Security and Self-sufficiency in Medicine Production in Nigeria

Editorial Opinion, NEWS
The novel coronavirus pandemic has highlighted Nigeria’s longstanding vulnerability to national security risk over continued reliance on imports of pharmaceutical raw materials and finished products needs of the country. At the onset of global lockdown, the Indian government ordered its pharmaceutical companies to stop exporting 26 drugs and pharmaceutical ingredients, most of them antibiotics. Similarly, South Korea, Germany, Taiwan and others clamped down on exports of masks and other protective gear as well as diagnostic commodities over worries that their own supplies will fall short. Over one hundred of Nigerian health workers on the frontlines in the treatment and containment of COVID-19 in Nigeria were infected as a result of unavailability of personal protective equipment (PP