By Martins Ifijeh
National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, last week destroyed fake and unwholesome products worth over N1billion in Ogun State.
The products destroyed included expired products voluntarily handed over by compliant companies in Nigeria. Others were fake and counterfeit drugs seized by the Agency’s Investigation and Enforcement Directorate in Lagos State and environs, prohibited substandard and expired food products, cosmetics and other regulated products seized from manufacturers and importers, as well as distributors.
Addressing journalists at the Sagamu Local Government Dumpsite, Ogun State, the Acting Director General of the Agency, Mrs. Yetunde Oni, who decried activities of drug counterfeiters, described drug counterfeiting as an act of economic sabotage and terrorism against public health.
Represented by the Director, Investigation and Enforcement Directorate, Mr. Kingsley Ejiofor, Oni noted that the Agency has continued to aggressively pursue the goals of ensuring that only genuine medicines and wholesome foods of the right quality were imported, exported, manufactured and distributed .
“The agency has taken a proactive approach towards fighting this menace, including cutting-edge technologies. We have continued aggressively to pursue the goals of ensuring that only genuine medicines and wholesome foods of the right quality are imported, exported , manufactured and distributed. We shall continue to enforce the regulations governing these products in Nigeria,” she said
She also implored health practitioners, community leaders, religious leaders and all stakeholders to continue to educate their colleague, wards, members, consumers and members of the public as a whole to desist from patronising unscrupulous quacks and hawkers of medicine.