TFDA Seizes Fake Drugs worth Sh70.9 Million in Tanzania.
During a meeting with reporters at the Geita Regional Administrative Secretary’s office last week, TFDA inspector for the Lake Zone Venance Burushi revealed that Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA) has seized counterfeit drugs worth Sh70.9 million in Buseresere Ward, and the confiscated medicines included pain killers and anti-malarial tablets.
He said they had been tipped off by law-abiding citizens. Speaking on this, Geita District Medical Officer Sungu Nespory said fake drugs have dominated the market in the area and neighbouring Katoro Ward in Chato District. Regional Administrative Secretary Selestine Gesimba blamed the relevant authorities for failing to identify people involved in supplying fake medicines, saying that, “It is unacceptable that TFDA officials came all the way from Mwanza to seize the drugs. It seems the responsible personnel are sleeping,” .A New data report from the UN’s global health body “is enough to make all of us extremely concerned, The head of the WHO’s department of public health and environment, ,” Maria Neira, told reporter, Nine out of 10 people globally are breathing poor quality air, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, calling for dramatic action against pollution that is blamed for more than six million deaths a year, and The problem is most acute in cities, but air in rural areas is worse than many think, WHO experts said, adding that Poorer countries have much dirtier air than the developed world, according to the report, but pollution “affects practically all countries in the world and all parts of society”, Neira said in a statement, that “It is a public health emergency,” she said.”Fast action to tackle air pollution can’t come soon enough,” she added, urging governments to cut the number of vehicles on the road, improve waste management and promote clean cooking fuel. Tuesday’s report was based on data collected from more than 3,000 sites across the globe, and it found that “92 percent of the world’s population lives in places where air quality levels exceed WHO limits”.