Friday, October 19, 2018 06.32AM / By
Otto Abasiekong of Proshare WebTV
The Standards Organization of Nigeria and the National Food Drug Administration Control Agency amongst other key regulatory agencies are poised to take sterner measures, to curb the influx of fake, contaminated drugs and imported foodstuffs into the country.
Over the years the regulatory agencies have been on top of their watch to tackle the tendencies that could make Nigeria a “dumping zone” for expired drinks, foods and drugs.
Considering reported cases in the past years of an increase in health issues like cancer, hepatitis B and even liver issues the agencies will continue to adopt strict compliance with set standards.
This means that manufacturers involved in illicit production of contraband products from continents like Europe, Latin America and even Asia, who work with syndicates to import them in Nigeria will have to rethink their plans.
It is also a growing concern that some Nigerians market drugs(especially food supplements from some Asian countries) in public spaces that do not carry the seal and approval of NAFDAC.
Nigerians are urged to avoid such people as the pose serious danger to the society, with what they market.
We commend the efforts of the Nigerian Customs Services as they work tirelessly to track and protect the ports from the influx of expired and harmful products.
This requires a collective national effort even as the Federal Ministry of Health, NAFDAC and SON continue to carry out sensitization on the need for Nigerians to be wary and sensitize to fake drugs and products.
According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), NAFDAC in 2017 seized fake and substandard goods worth N3bn and registered 11,240 products in the same year.
The NBS data also revealed that NAFDAC rejected 166 products that applied for registration in the same year.
In the last 5 years NAFDAC according to a report from the Leadership newspapers, has destroyed fake drugs worth N20bn which is something the nation must take seriously.
For a productive Nigerian economy with a population of over 100million , the people must be healthy and one way to attain this is to step up the efforts in curbing the influx of fake drugs and products into the country.