World Bulletin / News Desk
Ethiopia's nascent pharmaceutical industry is struggling to meet the growing local demand for medicines, an Ethiopian official said Monday.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Shumu Tefera, director of training and education with the Pharmaceutical Industry Development Institute, said that 21 pharmaceutical factories currently produce only 15 per cent of the country's needs.
"The country imports 85 percent of its annual demand for pharmaceuticals worth $300 million," Tefera said.
He cited the lack of skilled human power, inadequate pharmaceutical education and absence of big laboratories are among the major obstacles to the pharmaceutical industry in Ethiopia.
Tefera said the Ethiopian government is working to increase its pharmaceutical products to 45 percent in the coming six years.
"One way is to involve private foreign firms," he said, going on to say that investors from the United Arab Emirates, Sudan, Turkey, India and China are currently involved in eleven of the pharmaceutical factories in the country.
"The factories are engaged in producing different capsules, syrup, dermatological medicines and vaccines," he said.
According to Tefera, Ethiopia earns a total of &4.5 million a year from exports of veterinary vaccines.Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Ağustos 2014, 10:05