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Published On: Wed, Apr 12th, 2023

Ministry of Health Launches The National Medicines Therapeutics Committee

The Ministry of Health on Tuesday officially launched The National Medicines Therapeutics Committee (NMTC) which consists of Medicine experts who are task with the responsibility of formulating the implementation of policies on medicines selection and use of medicines in the Gambia.

The event was held on Tuesday April 12, 2023 at the ministry of health in Banjul.

Mr. Muhammad Lamin Jaiteh, Permanent  Secretary Ministry of Health speaking during the event stated that the newly setup Committee is a policy recommending body  that oversees the medication management in healthy systems and that the committee includes not just pharmacies but also physicians, nurses, administrators, risks and quality improvement managers.

“It is an high advisory level body that over sees an organizational link between medical staff and the pharmaceutical department, the committee helps in making policies related to use of various drugs in the health care system and it will also evaluates, educates and advises medical staff and organizations or administrators in all matters about the use of medications.” He outlined.

He further outlined that the committee has a lot of task ahead of them but he believes without a doubt that the caliber of individuals that constitute the committee and the leadership of the committee he has every confidence that they will deliver to expectation and the quality improvement that he yearn for would be attained.

Prof. Ousman Nyan, Chairman of the Commission reaffirmstheir willingness to serve on this committee and that they would do their  best within the limitations of their responsibilities and other allied resources so as to achieve the desired outcomes 

He said that it’s indeed an honor and fortunately there is something to build on  and that hard task has been carried before through the shared responsibilities of the director of health services and the director of the national pharmaceutical .

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