ABUJAâ€”In a strategic move to totally block the major sources of fake drugs importation into the country, Director-General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) Dr. Paul Orhii said the Agency will soon establish control points in China and India.
According to a statement by the agencyâ€™s Assistant Director Public Relations, Alhaji Abubakar Jimoh, the new regulatory measure is being put in place to ensure that NAFDAC Inspectors physically examine the Drugs, Foods and other regulated products before the goods leave countries of origin (China and India) for Nigerian Ports.
Addressing members of Federal Task Force on Counterfeit Drugs, Abuja branch during a courtesy visit, Dr. Orhii said NAFDAC would no longer wait for the Drugs, Foods, Cosmetics and other regulated products to arrive Nigerian shores before carrying out examination and laboratory analysis to detect whether they are genuine or fake.
He explained that in spite of the limited resources of the Agency, some regulated officers will be posted to India and China once all necessary arrangements are concluded with authorities of the two Asian countries.
According to him, the officers will work hand-in-hand with the Independent Laboratory Consultant Analysis already appointed by NAFDAC in those countries to test all pharmaceutical products billed for Nigeria.
His words: â€œNigeria has vast geographical land mass with porous borders where Drug, Foods and other regulated products are smuggled into the country. Given our shortage of manpower we cannot man all those illegal routes.
As a proactive measure, NAFDAC has decided to establish its physical presence in China and India who bring in most of our drug products. The Agency spends a lot of resources trying to chase the fake Drug Dealers aroundâ€.
The Director-General, however, limited that more land border offices will also be opened to further tighten the noose round the would-be importers of Fake Drugs and unwholesome food just as the Agency has concluded Information sharing agreement with the United States of America Food and Drug Administration as tracking down spurious products headed for Nigeria.