Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has suggested a death sentence for fake drug peddlers while he was speaking at a presentation ceremony on Monday.
The governor said this at the presentation ceremony of ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation certificate to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, South-East zonal Laboratory at Agulu, Anambra State by the United States Pharmacopeia Convention. He said:
“It’s the worst criminal act to humanity. Fake drug is the worst crime anybody can commit. There is no need jailing such people; they should be killed”
The Governor, represented by his deputy, Dr. Nkem Okeke, said the state is making plans to partner with the Federal Government to check the entry of fake drugs into the Onitsha Bridgehead market.
The governor said that to prevent the people of the state from falling victim to fake drug sellers, a health insurance scheme was being put in place to treat the people.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, paid tribute to the former Director- General of the NAFDAC, the late Prof. Dora Akunyili, for her achievement.
The minister also applauded the husband of the late NAFDAC DG, Dr. Chike Akunyili, for the support he gave his late wife in serving the country at various capacities. He said;
“I would want to recognise the presence of the husband of the late Prof. Akunyili. Today is a day for celebration for you. Akunyili’s name is immortal. Posterity will ever be grateful to her for what she did in this agency and for the country.”
The minister asked NAFDAC to continue to maintain standard that earned it the international certification.
He told the agency that it was easy to get the accreditation of the International Organisation for Standardization/ International Electro-technical but not a walk in the park to maintain it.
The minister assured manufacturers of pharmaceutical products in the country of government’s support through favourable policies, especially in taxation.
The Acting Director-General of NAFDAC, Yetunde Oni, said that the process for the accreditation of the agency’s south-east zonal laboratory started in 2015 with assessment of facilities and personnel by a team of experts from the United States Pharmacopeia.