The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has arrested three drug hawkers and seized substandard drugs worth N250,000 in Kaduna State.
The NAFDAC Coordinator in the state, Mr Nasiru Mato, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday.
He explained that the exercise was part of ongoing efforts to stamp out drug hawking in the state.
“Drug hawking exposes medicines to severe temperature, humidity and unfriendly climate conditions. This is unacceptable,” he said.
Mato also said that the agency intensified surveillance and hunting of self-acclaimed doctors who engage in illegal practice.
He explained, “It is the actions of such persons that led to the raid at Sabon Tasha and seizure of unregistered aphrodisiacs and analgesics.
“All drugs and medical items must be kept at the recommended temperature and relative humidity to ensure their safety, quality and efficacy.”
The NAFDAC Coordinator advised consumers to always be wary of the source of medicines, and check for the NAFDAC registration number, manufacturing date, expiry date, batch number, name and full location address of the manufacturer.
He also urged consumers to purchase medicines from registered drug outlets, instead of patronising touts as the ban on hawking and advertisement of drugs is still in force.
Mato added, “Drug hawkers must not be allowed to toy with the lives of the people,” he said. Mato also cautioned against self-medication, saying it can be detrimental to health.