The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), recently carried out a destruction exercise in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. According to the Agency, 11 containers of fake pharmaceutical products estimated to be worth N9.6 billion were destroyed.
Sometime last year, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in collaboration with NAFDAC and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), had seized the items in the container from the Onne Port in Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Premium Times reports that in a statement by the Federal Ministry of Health, it was stated that the exercise was led by the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, who described the items that were being destroyed as routine drugs in constant demand by Nigerians, stating that it implied a gap in supply to the people in need of drugs.
The exercise at the Eneka, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area was presided over by the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, who called for collaborative efforts to rid Nigeria of fake and unwholesome products. The Minister called for public participation in fighting the menace of fake and sub-standard products in the country. He also stressed the importance of only taking drugs that have been prescribed by a medical professional.
Also speaking at the event was Mr. Chike Okafor, the Chairman of the House Representatives Committee on Healthcare Services. Mr. Okafor stated that House would continue to support NAFDAC and the other agencies to rid Nigeria of fake medical products and support all activities to make the lives of Nigerians safe and secured.
The Comptroller-General of Customs, Hammed Ali, who was represented by his assistant, Sanusi Umar, attributed the success indicated by the seizure to the collaborative efforts of all relevant agencies.
In her address, the Acting Director General of NAFDAC, Mrs. Yetunde Oni, described the ceremony as a milestone in the fight against substandard products in the zone.