The chairman, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), on Wednesday at Agulu in Anambra State urged the agency to continue to introduce new technologies to tackle fake drug and food paddlers.

The Chairman of the Governing Council of the agency gave the advice while on a familiarization tour of the agency’s South-East Zonal Laboratory at Agulu in Anambra.

He lauded the management of the agency for the effectiveness of its state-of-the-art laboratories in the country and the high ethical standard being maintained by the agency’s staff members.

“We have state-of-the-art equipment; we have a state-of-the-art building; results that have been coming from here have been impressive.   “And we think that it is worth the while having a lab like this situated in this part of the country.

“As a big organization, with branches in 36 states of the federation, we are bound to have some problems;  the staff in Agulu, reported having problem with power and electricity. The chairman told them electricity is not the problem of NAFDAC and it is not a problem that is peculiar to Agulu; it is a problem that is in Nigeria.

Earlier, the Director-General of NAFDAC, Dr Paul Orhii, noted that the agency had checked the peddlers of fake and adulterated drugs and food in the country through its truscan and text-message technologies.

He added that the agency would soon introduce more technologies to be able to tackle the challenges as they arose.

“The agency would continue to improve on its services to safeguard the health of the nation while our high standards would never be compromised,’’ Orhii assured.

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