The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration Control (NAFDAC), has urged the Nigerian youths service corps, to avoid buying drugs without NAFDAC registration number as that’s one effective way to tackle the importing and production of drug counterfeit.
Speaking at the NYSC orientation camp, on Tuesday, the NAFDAC Director, Dr. Paul Ohii, represented by Director, Special Duties, Dr. Abubakar Jimoh sensitized the youths on dangers posed by drug counterfeiting to the health and well-being of Nigerians and the world as a whole.
He added that drug counterfeiting could lead to “treatment failures and death, increased and prolonged hospital admissions, development of drug resistance, among others.”
He further explained that the use of counterfeit drugs could increase the cost of healthcare services, while posing difficulty in controlling the disease.
He said, it does not only increase prolonged suffering from an ailment, but could also make one lose confidence in the healthcare system of the country.
Orhii finally urged the youths to help take the message to the people at the grass roots, as they resume at their primary places of assignment.