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Community Pharmacists Converge On Enugu, Demand NAFDAC DG Post

Albert Kelong Alkali
Posted: May 31, 2016 at 6:09 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Emmanuel Nzomiwu

Enugu – Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) has made a strong case for the appointment of a pharmacist as the Director-General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration (NAFDAC).

President of the association, Dr Albert Kelong Alkali made this demand at the 35th Annual National Conference of ACPN, holding in Enugu.

Entertaining questions from journalists, Alkali expressed regrets that the problem of fake drugs still persisted in the country because people who were not pharmacists were appointed to head NAFDAC.

He recalled that when the last administration appointed somebody who was not a pharmacist to head the agency, they cried foul but nothing was done about it.

“We cried foul. We said that you cannot be there as head of NAFDAC when you are not a pharmacist. In pharmacy, we have pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmacognosy and pharmacology.

“For you to function well as NAFDAC DG, you must understand all these. You cannot function well there, when you are not a pharmacist” Alkali said.

On how the state of the economy, especially the fluctuations in foreign exchange rate was affecting community pharmacists in Nigeria, Alkali their predicament as ‘terrible’.

The ACPN boss recalled that the last time they met with President Buhari, they insisted that he must do something about it as without the forex, they cannot import raw materials for drug production.

He blamed the economic difficulties in the country for the astronomical rise in prices of drugs and called on the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the sector so that Nigerians will not suffer unnecessarily.

Alkali urged the Federal Government to take urgent steps to stabilize the currency situation, even as he called for the creation of enabling environment to make the country self-sufficient in drug production.

He said they were capable of creating jobs if they were given the enabling environment to produce locally.