Kano State Ministry of Well being Job Drive Committee on Counterfeit, Faux, Substandard Medication and Unwholesome Processed Meals says it has seized and destroyed pretend and counterfeit medicine value N6 billion up to now 9 years.
The chairman of the committee, Gali Sule, who disclosed this throughout an interactive session on Saturday, March 13, mentioned because the inauguration of the duty pressure in 2012, it has destroyed counterfeit medicine within the state in about 20 completely different events.
Sule attributed the success to the arduous work and dedication of its members and different associated companies established to combat the menace.
Among the pretend medicine seized lately
In accordance with the chairman, the state’s rating on the consumption of pretend and substandard medicine has droped from primary to 6 in a current ranking.
“In case you sanitise Kano of pretend medicine, you’re sanitising many nations within the area of Africa of substandard medicine as a result of nations like Niger, Chad, even Sudan amongst others purchase their medicine from Kano,” he mentioned.
“We’ve destroyed all of the seized medicine, 20 destruction workouts for the seized medicine have been held since 2012, largely witnessed by the chief governor of the state, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje,” Mr Sule defined.
He mentioned earlier than the inauguration of the committee, the federal government was spending some huge cash on malaria, but the sicknesses persists as a result of pretend and counterfeit Malaria medicine usually brings about drug resistance.
Sule mentioned that the majority drug hawkers on the streets of Kano have been pushed away due to the actions of the committee, which has NAFDAC, NDLEA, safety companies, KAROTA, vigilance teams amongst others as members.
“Drug hawkers in Kano have been drastically decreased, earlier than they have been in every single place however they’re no extra, they’ve relocated to neighbouring states. Simply three days in the past we confiscated pretend and adulterated antimalarial medicine, which if left undetected would have affected many, particularly pregnant girls,” he mentioned.
“The brand on the drug is for a partnership programme between Kano state and a few worldwide donors on antimalarial medicine. The partnership had terminated three years in the past, however these individuals are nonetheless utilizing the emblem to fabricate the pretend drug,” mentioned Mr Sule.
He mentioned a website is being constructed, the place all drug entrepreneurs, particularly wholesalers in Kano could be relocated.
“All of the drug regulatory companies will probably be there to make sure that pretend medicine should not introduced in and distributed. Kano governor authorized the location and it’s virtually 80 per cent accomplished,” he added.