country director of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Liberia,
Pa Lamin Beyai has called on governments in Africa to invest more in education,
innovation and increase public-private partnership to avoid brain drain the continent
is faced with, as it creates void in country’s workforce.
The menace is largely one of the critical impediments confronting the continent’s health-care service- personnel leaving their countries to work overseas. To this end, he implored on new fellows to work towards the betterment of their respective countries.
The Gambian born-Liberia UNDP chief made these remarks on Tuesday as the keynote speaker at the 30th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Symposium of the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists held on the theme; Medicine and Wealth Creation.
The annual meeting also saw the graduation of 78 grandaunts.
In his powerful address, Dr Beyai underscored the importance of health in any human endeavours, affirming that without it, nothing is meaningful in life.
UNDP, he said, plays a tremendous role in that regard as their work focuses on supporting governments to improve with their vast expertise around the world.
He equally calls for public-private partnership in boosting local economies thereby complement government’s efforts and finding solutions to healthcare needs.
On the issue of imported pharmaceutical drugs which accounts for 80% of wholesale in the continent’s market, the UNDP expert acknowledged that these is a staggering figure when pharmaceutical companies are right here.
Thus, he calls for more investment in policy change and good governance and the need for favourable and innovative policies that will ensure the productions of drugs on the continent to help finding African solutions to African problems.
He stressed the need to stamp out doggy drugs and amends regulation framework of the industry to help people access good quality and affordable medicines.
He, however, made reference to the threat posed by fake/expired and dangerous drugs found in black-markets across Africa, saying use of these drugs can be dangerous.
Elaborating on the inter-link between wealth and health, Dr. Beyai noted that wealth is commonly understood to be in the process of a large sum of assets, lands, real estate, financial instruments while health is a complete mental and physical and social well-being.
“The wealth of a nation is the total public and private assets that can be attributed or controlled by individuals, person’s or organisation; an endowment in which no actor inside a nation can be excluded. Based on these definitions wealth creation is the process by which wealth is augmented over time and there are many possible channels” he said.
Dr. Beyai noted that productive activities also creates wealth, adding that “we are familiar with the idea that if you with harder and raise your output, you will have higher income and wealth as well”.
Therefore, he affirmed that wealth creation is a collection of assets especially those that generates income over an extended period.
He made reference to the advancement made in the area of medicines as well as decline in disease incidents and deaths due to better nutrition and pest controlled leading to increase food surplus.