The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control NAFDAC has damaged products worth N515, 732.587.
Accordingly, the damaged items included substandard and falsified medicines, unwholesome processed food products, unsafe cosmetics, and other counterfeit regulated products seized from importers and manufacturers in the North-Eastern angles of Nigeria.
Moreover, amongst the products were expired, regulated products voluntarily handed over to the Agency by complaint companies, including GSK Pharma, Ogba, Lagos, and NGOs within the area.
Apparently, the program began with recieving of the products from Gombe, Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Bauchi, and Taraba states. A total of 240.15 tons received from the North-East states and additional 40 tons from GSK Pharma was destroyed.
Still on the matter, the agency’s Bauchi State Coordinator, Mrs Dayilim Josephine, who represented the Director-General, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, said the damaged items blocked them from being returned to the markets with severe implications.
In conclusion, Adeyeye urged the public to be wary of spurious and counterfeit vaccines and other regulated products, saying NAFDAC on its own part will ensure continuous surveillance of those products and enforcement of regulations governing these products in Nigeria.