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NAFDAC Announces Reduction In Anti-Malaria Counterfeit Drugs

Posted: Oct 4, 2015 at 2:19 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Clement Ekong Yola

The National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has stated that the recent deployment of cutting-edge technology has reduced the counterfeiting of anti-malaria drugs in the country from 19.6% to 3.6%.

Director-General of the Agency, Dr. Paul Orhi, announced this during an enlightment campaign at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps at Malkohi and Damare, in Yola, Adamawa State Capital, on Saturday.

Dr. Paul Orhi, represented by the Director of Special Duties, Dr. Abubakar Jimoh, disclosed that the success was achieved through cutting-edge technology recently introduced by the agency.

According to NAFDAC, they were concerned about the IDPs, hence the need for the campawign.

“Another reason for our intervention is to ensure that food, drugs, and other consumables being used at the camps are wholesome and also ensure that the food is fortified with Vitamin A while the salt is iodized,” he said.

NAFDAC, according to the Director, was working in relationship with NEMA and wife of Mr. President, Aisha Buhari, as they pursue the same cause.

He pointed out that in order to enhance the fight against counterfeiting of drugs, his organization had stepped up synergy with national and international agencies, and was vigorously building the capacity of its staff.

He disclosed that the agency confiscated counterfeited drugs worth N5 billion in Lagos alone, and that efforts were still on to do same in other parts of the country.