…says fake drugs would soon be eradicated
Open drug markets, the major source of fake, adulterated and substandard drugs in the Nigeria, will soon be a thing of the past.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Mr. Linus Awute, made the revelation at a press briefing on Tuesday, the deadline for full implementation of the National Drug Distribution Guidelines (NDDG).
Awute also said that state governments have a vital role to play in the eradication of fake drugs.
He told journalists at the briefing that the Federal Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) and the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) will commence the enforcement of the policy on Tuesday.
He commended states that have already established State Drug Distribution Centers (SDDC’S), like Jigawa, Niger and Ekiti who have also commenced implementation of the guideline. He added that Kaduna, Kano, Katsina and Anambra have had their SDDCs inspected by the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) and they are ready for take-off.
“The launching of this document in 2012 signaled the take-off of its implementation while the establishment of state drug distribution centres (SDDCs) by the state governments and mega drug distribution centres (MDDCs) by the private sector was issued as the 30th June 2014,” he said
“This deadline was however extended to 30th June 2015 through a ministerial directive on 26th June 2014 to allow more time for the establishment of enough SDDCs and MDDCs.”
He disclosed that the Federal Ministry of Health has continued to provide the necessary supports through awareness creation, sensitation programmes, seminars and workshops.
He appealed to states government not to relent in supporting the guidelines as orderly national drug distribution is a critical factor in efficient and safe healthcare delivery for any nation.