The World Health Organisation (WHO), has said it was in talks with the National Agency for Food Drugs Control Administration, NAFDAC, to wipe out all distribution outlets responsible for the circulation of fake drugs in the country.
WHO Country Representative, Dr. Wondi Alemu who made this known in Abuja, noted that the distribution and consumption of quality, safe medicine, was part of achieving a universal health coverage (UHC).
He noted that as part of its commitment to support countries to build stronger, more resilient and responsive health systems, the WHO and NAFDAC through various engagements, were concluding a work plan to address the daunting challenge of substandard and falsified medicine being sold to unsuspecting public.
“There is a specific mechanism in addressing his challenge; we have to work with government and NAFDAC to make sure that the mechanisms put in place are supported by WHO.
“First of all from the technical point of view is the right mechanisms in place; if it is in place then how are we operating and supporting them to make sure that falsified medicines are not in circulation. If they are in circulation, we have to make sure that they are stopped.
“There is a WHO programme that will address particularly this issue, finding out the falsified medicines from different distribution sites and then taking measures, using the apparatus in the state to put an end to it, “ he said.
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