Côte d’Ivoire plans to increase to 30 per cent domestic production of medicine by 2025
Côte d’Ivoire is mulling plans to bring to 30 per cent the national production of medicine by 2025, up from current 6 per cent, Health Minister Pierre N’Gou Dimba said last Sunday.
“In the roadmap that the President of the Republic gave me as Minister of Health, it is to increase from 6% to 30% by 2025 the drugs manufactured in Côte d’Ivoire. But the manufacture of these drugs, while relying on the knowledge and technology that come from elsewhere, must rely primarily on our knowledge and our culture, which is our heritage. That is why we have undertaken to quickly set up the Institute for the Development of Traditional Medicine,” Dimba told stakeholders of traditional medicine in the West African country.
The minister reportedly told the local expert that the country every year exports medical inputs that cost 304 million euros and local inputs only accounts for 6 per cent.
“We will have to help traditional medicine to modernize so that it is accessible to all. We will do our part. You (traditional medicine practitioners) will not only have the supervision of the practitioners, you will have the area dedicated to traditional medicine and the funding to support you. I would like to assure you that I will be your first advocate,” Dimba posited.