By Olasunkanmi Akoni & Chioma Obinna
Lagos State Task Force on Counterfeit,Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods, weekend, sealed off another 14 patent medicine stores and arrested seven illegal operators in Ikorodu Local Government Area of the state.
The task force team had last month closed 31 patent medicine stores and arrested eight illegal operators in Mushin Local Government Area of Lagos State for offences contrary to the provisions of the law on the operation of patent medicine stores in the state.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, who disclosed this, weekend, explained that the action became necessary following the danger posed by the activities of the illegal operators of patent medicine and pharmaceutical stores in the state.
Idris said the recent closures came on the heels of the state governmentâ€™s renewed mandate to the state Task Force on Counterfeit, Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods to sanitise the drug market.
His words: â€œThe state government is commited to streamlining the drug distribution system in the state in order to ensure the safety of the citizenry, hence it has mandated the Task Force on Counterfeit, Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods to comb all nooks and crannies of the state for illegal operators.â€
The commissioner urged operators of pharmaceutical shops and patent medicine stores to ensure that their activities were within the ambit of the law regulating their operations just as he urged the people to always purchase their drugs from a duly registered pharmacy or patent medicine shop.