The President of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Dr. Nike Akande will, on Wednesday this week in Lagos, inaugurate the Medical, Pharmaceutical and Allied Services Group.
Expected at the event are the Chairman, Medical, Pharmaceutical & Allied Services Group, Dr. Stella Okoli and the Vice President, LCCI, Mr. 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.
The group is inviting all players and stakeholders in the health sector to participate in the event holding at the LCCI Conference and Exhibition Centre, Alausa, Ikeja on Wednesday, June 22, 2016. The event is scheduled to begin at 11:00am.
The LCCI Director General, Mr. Muda Yusuf, in a statement made available to newsmen in Lagos 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; 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 Organisations 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 & Communications, Mr. 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.