LCCI inaugurates medical, pharmaceutical services group
The President of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Dr. (Mrs.) Nike Akande will tomorrow in Lagos, inaugurate the Medical, Pharmaceutical and Allied Services Group as part of measures to improve advocacy on issues of health and related sectors.
The LCCI Director General, Muda Yusuf, in a statement said the idea of forming a health group is to have a more vibrant and focused advocacy on issues of health and related sectors; empower the Chamber to contribute to government policies in the health sector from the point of view of private sector players.
He added that the advocacy group will contribute to improving health services in Nigeria such that capital flight through medical tourism will be reduced and protect indigenous businesses in the health sector from the influx of fake medical products from abroad.
Yusuf, according to the statement, stated that the membership of the group will include Pharmaceutical Companies, Private Hospitals, Laboratories, Medical Equipment dealers, Health Maintenance Organizations and all other services related to the health sector, adding that the Group will collaborate on a need basis with local and foreign institutions to achieve its legitimate objectives.
Sterling Bank, a co-sponsor of the event, noted that its partnership with LCCI is to add value to the health sector and in the process enrich lives just as it projects the sector as a foremost business and social responsibility priority.
The Bank’s Group Head, Strategy and Communications, Shina Atilola in the statement said the Bank is poised to demonstrate her commitment to transforming the health sector in Nigeria through investment, participation and solution provision in the long-term.
Expected at the event are the Chairman, Medical, Pharmaceutical and Allied Services Group, Dr. Stella. C. Okoli and the Vice President, LCCI, Verkey Verghese.
Other dignitaries expected at the event include the Chairperson LCCI Membership and Welfare Committee, Mrs. Toki Mabogunje, LCCI members and other stakeholders in the health sector.