A special taskforce set up by the Ono State Government to get rid of the production, sale and use of fake drugs, at the weekend, sealed about nine drug stores.
According to the Chairman of the committee and Director of Pharmaceutical Services, State Ministry of Health, Pharmacist Gbenga Lasekan, out of the figure, three outlets were sealed in Owo, while six shops were shut in Ondo town.
Lasekan noted that offences committed by the drug outlets were selling unregistered, controlled and expired drugs.
“The aim of this taskforce which comprises the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration Control, NAFDAC, Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, officials of the ministry of health and relevant stakeholders is to ensure that fake drugs are neither produced nor circulated in the state.”
“Through the use of Truscan machines recently acquired by the state government, we are going to achieve our objective as we have commenced operation across the 18 local government areas. We started from Akure where the health commissioner personally led the team a few weeks ago.”
The director affirmed that fake and adulterated drugs have caused a lot of problems that need to be urgently tackled.
He lamented that many people have lost confidence in orthodox medicine as a result of fake and counterfeit drugs.
To this end, he explained that the state government has equipped the taskforce to go round the 18 local governments, so as to find lasting solutions to the ugly trend.
Lasekan posited that the state government has invested so much in the sector and it will not fold it arms and watch the people consume fake drugs.
He noted that in addition to having their shops sealed, owners of the shops were apprehended by the NDLEA pending when the committee meets to decide their fate.
The director, who assured that the seized drugs will not be returned to their owners, advised people to patronize registered pharmacies in order not to endanger their lives.
He charged them to visit the hospital whenever they are sick to get correct prescription and treatment rather than patronizing unregistered outlets.
Fake drugs, according to him, are threats, adding that substandard drugs have killed many people around the world.
Lasekan assured that no stone would be left unturned in ensuring qualitative healthcare for the citizenry.

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