The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has warned manufacturers, importers and hawkers of counterfeit drugs and those who sell unwholesome sachet water and other products to stop such acts.
The agency’s Assistant Director in Kwara State, Mrs. Phoebe Oduh, gave the warning at the inauguration of NAFDAC’s local government desk officers recently.
She said the activities of manufacturers, importers and sellers of fake drugs and unwholesome products were endangering the lives of Nigerians, and that their activities were also stifling the growth of local industries, inhibiting employment generation and negatively affecting economic growth and development.
Oduh advised those who patronise manufacturers and hawkers of unwholesome products to desist from such.
She said without patronage, there will be no business for manufacturers, importers and hawkers of such products, and that they will, consequently, go out of business.
She said the agency had activated innovative mechanisms to track down, apprehend and ensure that culprits were punished according to the law.
She said, “In order to take the fight against faking/counterfeiting of regulated products (drugs, food, packaged water, chemicals, etc.) to the grass roots, the agency organised a sensitisation workshop for all the 774 local government chairmen. The chairmen were asked to create LG desk officers and forward the names of officers who will be in charge.”
She said the desk officers had been trained to enlighten their constituencies on the evils of drug hawking, which she noted encouraged the distribution of fake, substandard and counterfeit products, with consequent negative effects on public health.