PERMANENT Secretary,
Federal Ministry of Health,
Mrs Binta Bello, on Tuesday
urged stronger collaboration
between health and other
sectors of the economy for
quality healthcare services
and products in the country.
Bello made the appeal
at the inauguration of
Agilent HPLC Laboratory
Instrument at the Central
Drug Control Laboratory,
National Agency for
Foods and Drug and
Administration Control,
NAFDAC, Yaba, Lagos.
She said that further
collaboration would help to
reposition the health sector
in areas of infrastructure
support, capacity building
and delivery of quality
health services.
The permanent secretary
said that HPLC Laboratory
would help to tackle
effectively the scourge
of fake, counterfeit and
substandard medicine that
had been a challenge to
pharmaceutical industries.
According to her, millions
of Naira and thousands of
lives have been lost because
of the scourge.
“The problem of fake drug proliferation in Nigeria has
affected the credibility of the
healthcare system and has
exerted very harmful effects
on the consumer resulting to
illness, disability and even
death.
“Some of the incidences have
resulted in death even among
children because most times
the consumers do not know
the quality of what they are
buying or taking.
“It is encouraging to note
the various unrelenting
approaches, including cutting
edge technologies employed
by NAFDAC in tackling this
menace and bringing it under
control.
“Some of the several cutting
edge technologies deployed
over the years by NAFDAC
to combat the counterfeit
challenge include Truscan
Device, GPHF-Minilab, and
Mobile Authentication Service.
“These technologies are
highly capital intensive and
the innovative technologies
are only complimentary
to the laboratory analysis,
which enables NAFDAC to
pronounce on the quality of
medicines,’’ Bello said.
She applauded the Bank of
Industry (BOI) for supporting NAFDAC and stepping in to
provide a world class Aligent
HPLC machine
Also, Mrs Yetunde Oni,
the Acting Director-General,
NAFDAC, said that the goal
of the agency is to achieve zero
telorance to counterfeiting of
NAFDAC regulated products
and to safeguard the health of
the nation.
“We are determined and
committed to ensuring that
only the right quality foods,
drugs and other regulated
products are manufactured
exported, imported,
advertised, sold and used in
Nigeria.
“We are also committed to
ensuring quality and timing
releases of laboratory reports,
hence our quest for top-notch
laboratories with adequate
equipment and well trained
staff to perform optimally at
all times,’’ she said.
Mr Waheed Olagunju,
Acting Managing Director,
Bank of Industry , BoI, said
the essence of the donated
machine was to ensure that
product registration time for
manufacturers was reduced
and efficiency increased.
He said that the machine
would improve the turnaround
time for product samples to
200 samples per day as against
the previous five samples per
day done by the agency.
According to him, NAFDAC
certification will hasten the
process for accessing credit
facility by manufacturing
companies in need of funds
from BoI.
Olagunju said that fast-tracked
certification would facilitate
economic growth by ensuring
that Small and Medium
Enterprise, SMEs, conformed
to best production standards


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