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NAFDAC intensifies effort to stamp out drug hawking

…Arrests 3 hawkers, seizes substandard drugs worth N250,000 in Kaduna

 

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has intensified efforts to stamp out drug hawking.

 

The agency’s Coordinator in Kaduna state, Mr Nasiru Mato, disclosed in Kaduna on Thursday that the agency in its drive, arrested three drug hawkers and seized substandard drugs worth N250,000 in Kaduna.

The coordinator added that “drug hawking exposes medicines to severe temperature, humidity and unfriendly climate conditions. This is unacceptable.”

Mato also said that the agency had intensified surveillance and hunting of “self-acclaimed” doctors who engage in illegal practice.

He said, “it is the actions of such persons that led to the raid at Sabon Tasha and seizure of unregistered aphrodisiacs and analgesics.

“All drugs and medical items must be kept at the recommended temperature and relative humidity to ensure their safety, quality and efficacy.”

He advised consumers to always be wary of the source of medicines, check for NAFDAC Registration Number, manufacturing date, expiry date, batch number, name and full location address of the manufacturer.

Mato also urged consumers to purchase medicines from registered drug outlets, instead of patronising touts, as the ban on hawking and advertisement of drugs is still in force.

“Drug hawkers must not be allowed to toy with the lives of the people,” he said.

The coordinator also cautioned against self-medication, saying it can be detrimental to health and reiterated NAFDAC’s determination to continue to educate unsuspecting consumers on the inherent dangers of patronising drug hawkers.

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