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FG asks NAFDAC to resume operations at ports

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The Federal Government has ordered the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to begin operations inside the ports to guard against influx of illicit drugs into the country.

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), which confirmed the development at the weekend in a statement by its General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications, Abdullahi Goje, said the inclusion of NAFDAC makes it eight government agencies allowed to operate in the ports.

He said the NPA is committed to the determination of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to enhance ease of doing business and improve conditions under which business is carried out in all the ports nationwide.

Meanwhile, NAFDAC has promised to intercept banned drugs coming into the country at the entry points.

Its Director-General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, had said the infiltration of illicit drugs into the country was borne out of the absence of the agency in the seaports, airports and land borders.

The agency said in a statement at the weekend that the directive to return to the ports was to effectively control the importation of unregulated products, falsified and substandard drugs, unwholesome foods, narcotic drugs and hazardous chemical substances and foods.

In another development, the Executive Director of Guaranteed Healthcare Foundation (GHCF), Dr. Dayo Adeyanju, has urged the Federal Government to look beyond surveillance to curtail Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) spread into the country.

He, however, lauded the step taken by the Federal Government, which recognised that Ebola is in the neighbouring country and took the step of calling for surveillance.

Adeyanju, who is also a consultant to Realistic Health Care Revolution (REHCARE), while speaking with The Guardian in Akure yesterday on how such outbreak could be effectively forestalled, warned that an outbreak in Nigeria could be very devastating because of the population.

The health expert, who expressed fears over the upcoming friendly football match with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), said: “It is a very bad way of managing disease outbreak. It shows we don’t have a system; and I must say very quickly that it is high time that the nation develops a strong and viable system. I think that has been the reason for the efforts to strengthen the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“But what I love to see more is the outbreak control meeting. The CDC at all times must have prepared the states to be ready so that they will just give their helping hands in terms of emergency.”


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