Counterfeiting of anti-malaria drugs has reduced from 19.6% to 3.6% in Nigeria, Director Special Duties, National Agency of Food Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) Dr. Abubakar Jimoh disclosed. He made the disclosure during an enlightenment campaign at the Malkohi IDPs camp in Yola Saturday.
Jimoh who represented the Director General of NAFDAC Dr. Paul Orhii noted that the feat was achieved following
the deployment of cutting edge technology adding that his organisation deemed it fit to take their campaigns to IDP camps in order to bring safety awareness to the inhabitants. He noted that their concern for the IDPs, made his organization to also donate assorted drugs chief among which are anti malaria and anti biotic drugs.
The DG noted that another reason for their intervention was to ensure that food, drugs and other consumables being used in the camps are wholesome and also to ensure that the food is fortified with vitamin A while the salt is iodized. Jimoh added that his organization has forged a working relationship with National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to enhance the control and administration of drugs and food in the various camps across the nation noting that in the same breath, NAFDAC is also partnering with the wife of the President as they are pursuing the same cause.
He noted that to enhance the fight against counterfeiting of drugs, his organization has stepped up synergy with national and international agencies and is vigorously building the capacity of its staff.
Jimoh added that as a result of the seriousness of the leadership of the organization leading to phenomenal successes, the organization has been placed in the map of the most respected drug and food administrators in the world noting that it was among the first 20 most respected food and drugs administrators in the world.
He noted that the effort has being yielding high premium leading to the confiscation of counterfeit drugs worth N5 billion in Lagos recently.
Culled from: Leadership