Earlier this month, the Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Professor Mojisola Adeyeye marked her one year in office.
Adeyeye’s one year in office has yielded great gain as the Agency has seized and destroyed substandard and falsified medicines including unwholesome foods, and other unregulated products worth three billion naira within the past year.
Adeyeye stated that the ban of NAFDAC from the ports from 2011 to 2018 suffered lots of setbacks in combating substandard and falsified medicines, illicit drugs and unwholesome foods in the country thereby portending danger for the populace.
Interestingly, the new director of the Ports Inspection Directorate reportedly intercepted 86 containers of tramadol and other unregulated drug products since her assumption of office.
Adeyeye said that the agency is in the process of acquiring more detection gadgets in order to monitor substandard and falsified medicines at all levels.
“Staff training and retraining in national and international specialties has been my priority in order to align the agency with international regulation standards in foods, drugs and other regulated products. Hundreds of staff have been trained since my assumption to office” – Adeyeye said
In order to reverse the trend of 30% locally manufactured drug products to 70%, Adeyeye expressed deep commitment to promote local manufacture of medicines in Nigeria.
Professor Adeyeye said some other achievements include reducing the agency’s debt of N3.2bn to zero, re-accreditation and upgrading of state and zonal office and laboratories, engagement of the public as well as ensuring a disciplined and motivated workforce.
She added that some of the challenges of the agency include providing utility vehicles for inspection of drug markets, data gathering, computers needed for registration of regulated products and approval and re-equipping laboratories.