By Olasunkanmi Akoni
THE Lagos State Task Force on Counterfeit, Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods has sealed off seven illegal patent medicine stores, destroying fake drugs worth about N60 million in Mushin Local Government Area of the state.
Also, the state government has alerted members of the public on the need to refrain from purchasing drugs from hawkers because of its danger to human health.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, who disclosed this yesterday following raid on the illegal patent medicine stores explained that the state government had embarked on senisitisation/public enlightenment of people inÂ motor parks in the state as they (the motor parks) have been identified as the primary sources/areas of fake drugs hawkers.
Idris said the state government was not only worried by the danger posed by illegal drug hawkers but also by the nefarious activities of illegal operators of patent medicine and pharmaceutical stores in Lagos hence the latest clampdown.
According to him, the clampdown came on the heels of a similar exercise at Ikorodu Local Government where no fewer than 14 patent medicine stores and seven illegal operators were arrested.
â€œThe shops were sealed for offences ranging from sales of drugs without licence from the regulatory authority to failure/refusal to relocate from a market area/adherence to the mandated distance between a patent medicine shop and market place as stipulated by the law; and sales of counterfeit and fake drugs amongst others,â€ he said.