While briefing newsmen in Jalingo, the Taraba State coordinator of NAFDAC, Mr. Suleiman Muyideen has said that the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has raided
some shops in Jalingo, the Taraba State capital and impounded illicit drugs and other unwholesome products in the state, saying that the prevalence of fake drugs and other food and cosmetic products in the state was totally unacceptable.
He said that the alarming rate of substance abuse and general non compliance with the agency’s enabling laws in the state were the major reasons for this exercise. He informed that the agency took four days to hold series of meetings with all the stakeholders where NAFDAC solicited their support at ensuring that only genuine, effective and safe regulated products are manufactured in the state. We discussed intensively on numerous issues especially the rate of substance abuse as relates to cough syrup with codein, tramadol as well as mobile authentication of anti malaria drugs and antibiotics. He said that “We also discussed on banned drugs such as nimesulide, analgin (Dipyron), gentamycin 280mg, phenylpopanolamine among others at the meetings with a view to getting the stakeholders assist the agency in tackling the abuse in the state. He explained that the agency which was saddled with responsibility of safeguarding public health would no longer tolerate any act of non compliance with its enabling laws. He called on the media and other stakeholders in the state to assist in tackling the rate of substance abuse in Taraba and its environ.