NAFDAC seeks col­lab­o­ra­tion with NYSC to fight fake drugs

Daily Trust - - HEALTH - By Mau­reen Onochie

The Na­tional Agency for Food and Drugs Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Con­trol (NAFDAC) has sought part­ner­ship with the Na­tional Youth Ser­vice Corps to join the fight against fake drugs in the coun­try.

In talks with NYSC, NAFDAC Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral Dr Paul Orhii said the agency needed more corps mem­bers who would help in spread­ing the mes­sage against fake drugs to the people in the ru­ral ar­eas as the agency does not have enough staff carry out the mes­sage.

He said the agency has the man­date to mon­i­tor the man­u­fac­tur­ing, dis­tribut­ing, ad­ver­tis­ing and sale of packed foods as well as drugs to en­sure that they are safe for hu­man con­sump­tion, but in­sisted on a short­age of staff to help fight fake drugs, hence the scheme could help by post­ing corps mem­bers to the agency who help the cam­paign.

He ap­pre­ci­ated the scheme for cre­at­ing a NAFDAC com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment ser­vice (CDS) to ed­u­cate and en­lighten corps mem­bers on how to carry out the cam­paign hence the agency would also sign a Me­moran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing to seal up the col­lab­o­ra­tion.

On his part, di­rec­tor-gen­eral of the NYSC, Bri­gadier Gen­eral John­son Olawumi ap­pre­ci­ated the agency for its use of corps mem­bers to fight drug abuse, in­sist­ing their pres­ence in ev­ery lo­cal govern­ment area would help their reach.

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