Don’t Administer Injection, Patent Medicine Vendor Warns Members
Some Nigerians who want quick action still rely on medicine vendors for injection without asking for their qualification as a nurse or anyone else authoritised to give injections.
But an Association of Patent Medicine Vendors is warning its members to stop administering injections to their patients in their respective medicine stores.
This contradicts laws that guide their operation.
The President of the association in Kano, Isah Bala, gave the warning while speaking at a seminar organised by the body for its members in Dorayi Sharada and Ja’en under Gwale Local Government area.
He said the body responsible for issuing license to operate a patent medicine store is only given the license to the chemist not the operator, and he or she is not allowed to give injections even if he or she is a medical doctor except in a hospital.
"The license given by the pharmaceutical council of Nigeria is not to give injection. If any one of you is caught he or she has committed an offence and will be prosecuted," Dr Isah Bala warned.
Also addressing the participants, Kano Municipal area commandant of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Shu’aibu Bena urged youth to stop cases of drug abuse.
"The drugs you are taking most of the time are not genuine, they are adulterated and more damaging to your health. Stop taking it to preserve your mental health," he advised.
The NDLEA Commandant also accused some parents of negligence which gives their children opportunity to engage in drugs abuse and other illegal activities.
On his part, the chairman of Dorayi, Sharada Ja’en Patent Medicine Vendors Association, Aminu Hikima, said they organised the event to exchange ideas and sensitise their members on the new dimension of the business.