State Coordinator of the Agency, Mr. Suleiman Muyideen disclosed this to journalists on Tuesday after the agency raided major shops in Jalingo, confiscating unwholesome products and illicit drugs.
Muyideen expressed dismay that some traders were still trading in unwholesome products after concerted efforts were made by the agency to provide adequate enlightenment and sensitization on the need to desist from such practice.
The NAFDAC State Coordinator, who said the prevalence rate of fake drugs, food and cosmetic products as well as substance abuse and general non compliance with the agency’s enabling laws in the State was alarming, described the situation as totally unacceptable and called on the media and other stakeholders to help in the agency’s efforts to rid the State of unwholesome products.
“We took four consecutive days to hold series of meetings with all the stakeholders, where we solicited their support in ensuring that only genuine, effective and safe regulated products are manufactured in the state.
“We deliberated on several issues especially the alarming rate of substance abuse as relates to cough syrup with codeine, tramadol as well as mobile authentication of antimalarial drugs and antibiotics.
“It is therefore, disheartening that these products are still found on the shelves and are served to the people. We would continue with this effort, to ensure adequate awareness and where necessary, issue sanctions to erring persons.
This is where your work as Pressmen is indispensable to us”, he said.
During the raid on shops and major dealers, the agency extended invitations to most of the traders who were found selling contraband and or expired products to come to the office for proper enlightenment while administrative charges were given out to a few who are known for their notoriety for disregarding the set standards.
He warned that the agency which is saddled with mandate of safeguarding public health would no longer tolerate any act of non compliance with its enabling laws by any individual or group found wanting in the State.