By Gladys Nweke
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has advised Nigerians to stop buying drugs from hawkers and unauthorised outlets.
Mrs Chinelo Ejeh, NAFDAC’s South-South Zonal Coordinator, gave the advice while hosting some secondary school students from the BridgeSchool in Worji, Port Harcourt.
Ejeh, who lectured the visiting students on the agency’s mandate, regulatory duties and how to identify NAFDAC number on products, also reminded them that hawking of drugs was prohibited. She also taught the students how to use the Mobile Authentication System (MAS) inscribed with silver panel on anti-malaria drugs and antibiotics to identify fake or genuine drugs.
They were also told the processes involved in clinical trials before drugs are fit for human consumption and registered, a statement by Mr Cyril Monye, the Public Relations Officer for the South-South Zone.