Earlier this week, the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration Control (NAFDAC) in Gombe called on traditional medicine practitioners to register with the agency to avoid selling unsafe medicines to the public.
The State Coordinator of NAFDAC, Mr. Gonzuk Nyor, reportedly said that those selling products without getting them registered commit an offence and the agency considers them unsafe for public consumption.
Nyor further said that “we are advising them to come with their products so that they can be subjected to Lab investigation to verify their safety and to have them registered,” he said.
“If you sell products without registration, you are selling fake products because NAFDAC considers them unsafe. Of course, there is punishment for that. First, we are going to collect the product from you and sanction you as a first offender. But if you keep doing it, stiffer sanctions will come up and at the end of the day you will be prosecuted,” Nyor reportedly added.
Nyor reportedly said that when products are registered, it will lead to increased patronage because it is assumed that the product is safe.