To ensure the safety of all Nigerians and foreigners residing in Nigeria, the new Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, has assured that the agency will enhance quality testing of medicines and food products produced in the country.
Adeyeye, said she would achieve this by adequately training NAFDAC staff in international quality standards and by providing needed laboratory infrastructure such as equipment and supplies.
Adeyeye, disclosed this during her maiden visit to the agency’s Head Office in Lagos while addressing the staff on her plans to move the agency to the next level through collective responsibility.
The new NAFDAC boss noted that the agency had, over the years, made steady progress in protecting the health of the nation .
Assuring that staff welfare would be in the front burner of her administration, Adeyeye, affirmed her commitment to leading the agency to eliminate substandard foods and drugs in the country.
She said NAFDAC would align with international standards in medical product regulation to ensure safety, efficacy and quality of locally manufactured drugs and medical products.
“It will also create market opportunities for Nigeria in the supply of essential medicines to ECOWAS countries and beyond”, she added.
Emphasising the need for capacity building, the new NAFDAC boss, noted that the staff of the agency would be trained in regulatory science and clinical trial management, in compliance with international standards, and also conduct scheduled pharmacovigilance and post marketing surveillance for evidence-based regulatory decisions.
Adeyeye also pledged to promote herbal medicines development through the creation of guidelines for local manufacturers, adding that her administration, would consolidate the agency’s successes in the use of anti-counterfeiting cutting edge technologies.
“The concerns of our people are mainly about safety of our drugs, food, medical devices and water. “Most people, including those who manufacture fake drugs and sell bad foods or water, do not plan to kill people,
but may not fully understand that chemicals ( whether in drugs or food, or through bio-contamination) can kill hundreds of people easily”,she noted.
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