Mamora cautions manufacturers against substandard drugs
The minister made the call at an international exhibition on Complete Pharm Manufacturing and 5th Nigeria Pharma Manufacturers Expo 2019, organised by Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Group of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (PMG–MAN) in collaboration with Fidson Healthcare Plc, in GRA Ikeja, Lagos.
Mamora said substandard drugs posed serious insecurity and health hazards among Nigerians adding those abusing drugs cannot be called criminals but those who sell and manufacture drugs beyond the recommended standard are the criminals. “When a large number of people are now involved in substance abuse, the security of the state and the nation at large will be in trouble. “The state of the nation will be in trouble, and the health of the nation will also be in trouble,” he said.
The minister said the war against illicit drug and abuse should be a collective effort of all Nigerians because it could lead to social vices like kidnapping, armed robbery, and cultism.
In his remarks, the Chairman PMG¬–MAN and Managing Director (MD)/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Fidson Healthcare Plc, Dr. Fidelis Ayebae said PMG–MAN partnered Bangladesh, India, and China to improve local drug manufacturing in the country.
Ayebae who was represented by immediate past President of PMG–MAN Oke Akpa, stated that it is worrisome to note that as a country Nigeria is over-dependent on imported and donor aid to satisfy the essential medical needs of the country’s rapidly growing population, while facilities are abysmally underutilised. “It is most discouraging to see what those products, which the industry has the capacity and competence to produce locally are imported into the country”.
Also speaking, Director-General of the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) Mrs. Moji Adeyeye, said substance abuse constituted social-economic problems. “A person that abuses drugs may never have the opportunity of contributing their quota to national development and it is costing the Federal government a lot of money to tackle this issue,” she said.
Adeyeye said the agency had intensified efforts at making sure narcotics drugs were made available to only scientific and medical offices.
She added that it partnered with agencies like the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), and other organisations to eradicate drug abuse in Nigeria.
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