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Don’t Hesitate To Blow The Whistle When You See Fake Drugs
On Monday, Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Christiana Adeyeye advised Nigerians to report any form of illegal drug production in their environments.
The director-general who was represented by Mrs Abayomi Bolaji, a Deputy Director in the agency made the call at the ongoing 8th Annual Symposium of the Health Writers’ Association of Nigeria (HEWAN) in Lagos.
The symposium had the theme “The Menace of Counterfeit Drugs, the Role of Regulatory Bodies’’.
“One of the greatest challenges of the agency is shortage of manpower because Nigeria is a large and complex country, and its little manpower cannot be everywhere.
“We are calling on the public to blow the whistle whenever they discover any form of illegal manufacturing or production of drugs within their vicinity.
“Blow the whistle; most of these illegal productions of drugs are done in the night. We will ensure utmost confidentiality.
“NAFDAC will neither relent nor waver in the fight until the battle is won,” she promised.
Mrs Adeyeye said that counterfeit drugs had many health and economic consequences.
“Counterfeit drugs pose a public health hazard, waste consumers’ income and reduce incentives to engage in research, development and innovation.
“The result of the use of fake drugs can be poisoning, treatment failure, untreated disease and death,’’ she said.
According to her, the magnitude of drug counterfeiting was much and required strong and sustained actions from governments, the industry and consumers.
She highlighted the strategies NAFDAC used to eradicate drug counterfeiting to include sustained public enlightenment and collaboration with national and international agencies.
The agency had also engaged in capacity building of its staff, reviewed NAFDAC laws and applied cutting-edge technologies to combat drug counterfeiting, said Adeyeye.
She appealed to stakeholders and other members of the public to collaborate with NAFDAC in the fight against drug counterfeiting.
Dr Emmanuel Enabulele, Chairman, Board of Trustees, HEWAN remarked by saying that, with adequate collaboration, Nigeria would prevail in the fight against drug counterfeiting.
Dr Enabulele thanked NAFDAC for sharing knowledge with the journalists.
He expressed optimism that the relationship between the agency and the media would continue to be fruitful.