Dr Paul Orhii

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has insisted on stringent punishment for drug counterfeiters in Nigeria as done in other countries and advocated life-jail and confiscation of property of offenders as punishment for culprits.

Director-General of NAFDAC, Dr Paul Orhii, who spoke in Ado Ekiti while on a visit to the Ekiti Central Drug Store on Tuesday, decried the status of Nigeria as the most lenient country in the world in terms of punishment for drug counterfeiters.

Orhii reiterated that the trend must change if Nigeria must safeguard the health of its citizenry, pointing out that Nigeria should emulate countries such as India and China had taken strict steps which he said were yielding results.

According to the NAFDAC boss, who said he was in Ado Ekiti to understudy the operation of the Ekiti Drug Distribution Scheme, announced that the Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, would inaugurate a national guideline for a coordinated Drug Distribution System in the country.

Orhii said the lack of coordinated drug distribution system in the country was among the greatest challenge facing the agency, pointing out that the launch by the Minister of Health was a breakthrough for NAFDAC and other relevant stakeholders.

He said a central drug distribution system would help in the coordination of drug sale in the country, adding that it would help eradicate the open sale of drugs in places like Onitsha, Kano and Idumota in Lagos.

NAFDAC also stated that some of the state governments had been helping in ensuring the success of the central drug distribution system, adding that states of the federation should key into the idea.

He commended Ekiti for the drug distribution system, saying other states should emulate the system.

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