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‘Why Nigeria, Others Should Develop Local Drug Manufacturing Capacity’

‘Why Nigeria, Others Should Develop Local Drug Manufacturing Capacity’

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There is an urgent need to develop the pharmaceutical sector in Africa to reduce the continent’s dependence on imported pharmaceutical and medical products, says United Nations Economic Commission for Africa’s Soteri Gatera. Chief of the Industrialization and Infrastructure Section at the ECA, Gatera, says Africa bears a disproportionate burden of disease with, for example, more than 70 percent of the world’s HIV/AIDS cases and 90 percent of deaths due to malaria raising the need to encourage local production of drugs. Also, the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) had cited the need for medicine security noting that a country with a population size like Nigeria cannot afford to depend on importation of key therapeutic agents. MAN President, Dr. Frank Jacobs explained that investme