National Agency for Food, Drug Admnistration and Control, NAFDAC, Wednesday said that it established clubs in secondary schools in the country to train and empower the youths on the evil effects of fake products.
Mr. Richard Anichukwu, NAFDAC coordinator for Ebonyi stated this during the presentation of prizes to winners of the 2015 annual secondary school competition for members of the NAFDAC consumer safety club for Ebonyi in Abakaliki.
He said that the club which was established in 2003 was to enlighten and intimate the students on NAFDAC activities and thereby use them as change agents and as vanguards for consumer protection of all goods and services.
“The students as members of the club are made to understand NAFDAC regulatory activities in-order to ensure that the health of the nation is protected,”he said.
Anichukwu noted that the competition was held in the states, zones and finally at the national level in both the junior and senior categories.
He, however, advised the students to report all cases of potassium bromate which causes cancer, kidney failure and deafness and to only buy iodine fortified table salt.
“You should also buy only vitamin A fortified flour, sugar, margarine and vegetable.
“NAFDAC also expects you to report any suspicious activity on factories and warehouses where fake, counterfeit drugs, unwholesome food and other regulated products are manufactured or stored.
“You are to avoid pressure group that may lure you into using drugs and substances of abuse such as marijuana, cocain, heroin or performance enhancing drugs,” he said.
Various prizes where awarded to the winning students in the junior and senior categories while identification cards were issued to all the club members for effective performance.
Speaking on-behalf of the awardees, Master Collins Nwokpo, commended NAFDAC for the initiative which had sharpened their responsibilities to the nation.
He said that the task had given them a sense of belonging to contribute their quota to national development.

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