Tension As NAFDAC Officials, Policemen Escape Lynching In Onitsha Market
There was tension yesterday in Onitsha, Anambra after officials of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control and policemen escaped getting lynched during an enforcement exercise.
HeadlineNews365 reports that the incident happened at Head Bridge Drug Market, Onitsha, to be precise.
NAFDAC made this known in a statement by its Director-General, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, that the combined team of officials and policemen had visited the market sequel to credible intelligence obtained from concerned members of the public.
According to the agency, it had received information regarding the connivance of drug counterfeiters from the market and the executive members of the Plumbing Material Market Association Onitsha over the diversion, concealment, and storage of substandard and falsified medical products at the plumbing material market.
However, an attempt to apprehend those found culpable as well as ensure the seizure of the items led to NAFDAC officials getting stoned.
The statement reads,
“Officials of NAFDAC visited the offending warehouse for an immediate evacuation of the substandard and counterfeit products and packaging materials.
“The contingent of NAFDAC officials and police officers were attacked and pelted with stones, bottles, packaged water and plumbing items by a mob under the watch of the executive members of the Plumbing Material Market Association Head Bridge Onitsha.
“However, the NAFDAC team were able to evacuate a limited quantity of the counterfeit Anti-malaria, Antibiotics, Sildenafil Citrate, including Tetanus Toxoid stored in a warehouse with a temperature of over 40oC.”
The agency, which is charged with the mandate of safeguarding the health of Nigerians, noted that storing cold-chain drugs such as vaccines or injections that are supposed to be stored at below 4oC at a temperature as high as 40oC would have damaged the drug and subjected the person that would use it to danger that could result in death.
“Counterfeiting of drugs subjects the population to treatment failure and early death.
“Members of the families of the counterfeiters are included in the population, that is, no one is exempted from the consequences of substandard, falsified and counterfeited medicines. Therefore, protect your family from dangers of falsified medicines by reporting any suspicion of fake medicines to 08001NAFDAC or to the nearest NAFDAC office to you.”