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Kano agency urges FG to ban Onitsha, Idumota open drug markets

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Chairman of the Kano State Taskforce on Counterfeit Drugs, Abu Umar Madaki, has called for the immediate closure of the Onitsha and Idumata open drug markets to insulate the country from unwholesome drugs.

Madaki, who is Director of Pharmacy in the state ministry of health argued that beyond the prescription of production and distribution of syrup containing codeine, government should shut down the Onitsha and Idumota open drug markets where counterfeit drugs were being shipped to Kano.

He claimed that merchants in the pharmaceutical industry who patronise the open markets in the country were deploying huge resources to curtail moves to shut the illegal business.

Madaki, who spoke to The Guardian in an interview, lamented Federal Government’s failure to accomplish the July 30, 2017 deadline earlier fixed for the closure of all open drug markets in the country.

“From 2012 when the taskforce was established till date, we have confiscated and destroyed fake drugs including codeine, tramadol and others out of prescription medication worth N5.5 billion.

“And I can confirm that we are still retrieving illicit drugs from the markets through our security personnel on the entry and exit of the Sabon Gari Open Market, but it is regrettable that fake drugs keep filtering into Kano on daily basis.


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