The Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye on Friday said the agency has destroyed fake and expired medical products estimated at over N400 million in Nasarawa State.
Adeyeye disclosed this while carrying out the destruction in Lafia, the state capital.
She added that antibiotics, anti-hypertensive and anti-malarial drugs, herbal remedies, psychoactive and controlled substances, formed a larger quantity of substances destroyed.
Adeyeye, who was represented by the Director of Special Duties, Mr. Abubakar Jimoh, said the products were voluntarily handed over by compliant companies, non-governmental organisations, trade unions, the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria and National Association of Proprietary and Patent Medicine Dealers were also destroyed.
Adeyeye stated, “The present management of NAFDAC has taken a proactive approach towards tackling this challenge. The engagement of political, traditional and religious leaders in sensitising their members, subjects and congregation, respectively, to the dangers of drug and substance abuse, particularly, in Northern geopolitical zones of the country, is yielding tremendous results.
“The destruction of these items today (Friday) is a testimony of our resolve to safeguard the health of out nation. I can assure you that NAFDAC is doing everything to ensure that the right quality medicines and wholesome foods are sold to Nigerians.”
In his remark, Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, who was represented by the Commissioner for Lands and Physical Planning, Hajiya Halima Jibrin, commended the agency for the effort in ridding the country of fake products.
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