True to her words, the Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye has said that a nationwide campaign against falsified and substandard drugs will commence in March this year.
She made this known at a meeting with staff which held recently in Lagos. The NAFDAC boss said the campaign would start from six states of the federation, and would be aimed at sensitising school children and people at the grassroots on the consequences of drug abuse and substandard products and medicines.
This nationwide campaign aligns with the promise she made when she assumed office in December as new D.G. – issuing strong warning to promoters and dealers in fake and substandard medicines to refrain from their criminal activities or face dire consequences. Adeyeye at the beginning of her tenure disclosed that NAFDAC under her administration will continue to ensure the health of all Nigerians and foreigners residing in the country are not jeopardised by the consumption of substandard or fake products.
Adeyeye also said that the agency will no longer entertain third party purchase of equipment, as she has set out to save not less than 200 million naira spent annually on travels and meetings by staff of the agency.
She further stated that after a tour of the Oshodi and Yaba facilities, she discovered that majority of the equipment pieces and instruments need repair or replacement as she is ready to align NAFDAC with international standards in medical product regulation in order to enhance quality testing of medicines and foods.
Adeyeye expressed displeasure at the fact that an 810 KV generator that was bought in 2014 did not work for even a day, while another 1000 KV generator that was purchased did not work for up to three months. However, she assured that the laboratory’s oversight had been relocated to the DG’s office for close monitoring, and the vendor whom it was purchased from has been contacted as an investigation is on-going to decipher what went wrong.
Continuing her statement, she said that in a bid to build a functioning Information Communication Technology (ICT) unit, the agency is set to cut down travelling and meeting expenses of the staff and channel the resources to the repair of infrastructure and the purchase of equipment.
Adeyeye explained that the agency will be able to save at least 200 million naira from travelling and meeting expenses only. She stated that video conferencing equipment should be installed early February.
In a bid to permanently check the surfacing of any form of fake or adulterated drugs in any part of the country, she disclosed that the nationwide campaign will commence in March, beginning with the following six states: Kwara, Anambra, Osun, Delta, Kano and Lagos.