The Federal Government has resolved to put to an end the sale of drugs in open market in Nigeria by the end of 2018, this was made known by the Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole on Saturday, when he visited the site for the construction of a Pharmaceutical Coordinated Wholesale Centre at Oba, near Onitsha in Anambra.
The deadline to end sale of drugs in open market takes effect from July 31, 2017 Federal Government reiterated.
The honourable minister stated thus that “May be people still believe that the Federal Government is joking, government does not joke.
“We do not want fake drugs or falsified labels; we just want genuine drugs and the only way to do so is centralizing the drug market so that we can determine what comes in and what goes out.
“We have agreed to extend the deadline till Dec 31, 2018 and that will be the last extension. We are irrevocably committed.
“By Jan 1, 2019, if you are not here at the coordinated centre, then you cannot be anywhere. I am saying it with all seriousness that this is the last extension,” he said.
He commended the Anambra Government for supporting the project, and urged the leadership of the drug market in the state to settle their disputes amicably.
The honourable minister praised the choice where the center is situated, and showed enthusiasm that work on the project would start immediately to meet the deadline.
The honourable minister along with the Acting Director-General of NAFDAC, Mrs Yetunde Oni, paid courtesy call to the state’s Deputy Governor, Dr Nkem Okeke, Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe and the traditional ruler of Oba, Igwe Peter Ezenwa, before proceeding to the project site.
The Deputy Governor Dr Nkem Okeke praised the Federal Government for its resolve to end open sale of drugs. On the same note he extended his praise to NAFDAC for waging war against fake and counterfeit drugs in the country.
The NAFDAC boss in an interview called on all stakeholders in drug business to join hands to safeguard the health of the nation, that the reason for the coordinated centre is to ensure that any drug under the facility is in appropriate drug storage condition.
“Such drugs must be registered, must be of the right quality, safe and efficacious for use because it is impacting on the health and well being of the society,” NAFDAC Boss posited.
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