The Director of Special Duties, National Agency of food Drugs NAFDAC) Dr “Abubakar Jimoh, has disclosed that incidences of fake or counterfeit anti-malaria drugs have reduced from 19.6 percent to 3.6 percent in Nigeria,
Jimoh made the disclosure during the enlightenment campaign organised by drugs supervising agency at the Malkohi IDPs camp in Yola, on Saturday.
According to the agency, the feat was achieved following concerted efforts by the agency to stamp out fake malaria drugs in the system. Represented at the occasion by Jimoh, the Director General of NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhii, said the deployment of cutting edge technology assisted tremendously in phasing outside counterfeit anti-malaria drugs.
Accordingly, he said they decided to take the awareness campaign to the IDP camps in order to bring them up to speed with current medical safety awareness and ensure that they are not victims to fake malaria drugs.
The DG disclosed that they have also donate assorted drugs to the IDPs camps adding that chief among the drugs donated are anti malaria and anti biotic drugs. He said these would assist malaria victims to treat it with despatch.
The DG noted that another reason for their intervention was to ensure that food, drugs and other consumables being used in the camps are wholesome and also to ensure that the food is fortified with vitamin A while the salt is iodized.
Jimoh added that his organization has forged a working relationship with NEMA to enhance the control and administration of drugs and food in the various camps across the nation noting that in the same breath, NAFDAC is also partnering with the wife of the President as they are pursuing the same cause.
He noted that to enhance the fight against counterfeit drugs, his organization has stepped up synergy with national and international agencies and is vigorously building the capacity of its staff.
Jimoh added that as a result of the seriousness of the leadership of the organization leading to phenomenal successes, the organization has been placed in the map of the most respected drug and food administrators in the world noting that it was among the first 20 most respected food and drugs administrators in the world.
He noted that the effort has being yielding high premium leading to the confiscation of counterfeit drugs worth N5 billion in Lagos recently.

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