NAFDAC Wants Whistle Blowers
If you have not found where to blow the whistle since the anti-corruption fight began, this is an opportunity to benefit from the new means of prosperity.
You can do it to save lives if not for the money.
The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) is asking Nigerians to look around their neighbourhood for persons engaging in illegal drug production and blow the whistle.
Professor Christiana Adeyeye, who is the Director-General of NAFDAC, made the demand on Monday at the ongoing 8th Annual Symposium of the Health Writers’ Association of Nigeria (HEWAN) in Lagos.
The director-general was represented by Mrs Abayomi Bolaji, a Deputy Director in the agency.
The symposium had the theme; "The Menace of Counterfeit Drugs, the Role of Regulatory Bodies".
Addressing the gathering, the representative of the NAFDAC boss said: "One of the greatest challenges of the agency is shortage of manpower because Nigeria is a large and complex country, and its little manpower cannot be everywhere.
"We are calling on the public to blow the whistle whenever they discover any form of illegal manufacturing or production of drugs within their vicinity.
"Blow the whistle; most of these illegal productions of drugs are done in the night. We will ensure utmost confidentiality.
"NAFDAC will neither relent nor waver in the fight until the battle is won".
The director-general said that counterfeit drugs had many health and economic consequences.
"Counterfeit drugs pose a public health hazard, waste consumers’ income and reduce incentives to engage in research, development and innovation.
"The result of the use of fake drugs can be poisoning, treatment failure, untreated disease and death,"’ she said.
The NAFDAC boss did no say if the whistle blower would get any financial reward for helping NAFDAC bust any producer of counterfeit drug.
According to Adeyeye, the magnitude of drug counterfeiting is much and requires strong and sustained actions from governments, the industry and consumers.
On its part, NAFDAC is making effort to eradicate drug counterfeiting through sustained public enlightenment and collaboration with national and international agencies.
It has also engaged in capacity building of its staff, reviewed its laws and applied cutting edge technologies to tackle drug counterfeiting.
Adeyeye appealed to stakeholders and other members of the public to join hands with NAFDAC in the fight against drug counterfeiting.
The Chairman, Board of Trustees, HEWAN, Dr Emmanuel Enabulele, told NAFDAC that with adequate collaboration, Nigeria would win the fight against drug counterfeiting, expressing hopes that the relationship between the agency and the media would continue to yield fruitful results.