Nasarawa State Government has revealed its intention to partner with the Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria (PCN) and National Agency for Food Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to fight the sale and consumption of fake drugs in the state.
Malam Ishaku Abari, Permanent Secretary, in the Ministry of Health, made the disclosure on Tuesday at a one-day sensitisation workshop organised by PCN, on Continuing Professional Development Education Programme for practicing Pharmacist Technicians in the state.
Abari said the collaborators would use the TruScan (Raman Spectroscopy), a modern testing device to detect fake drugs.
Abari, represented by Malam Haruna Wakili, Director of Pharmaceutical Services in the ministry, added that the device would give room for officials to conduct field-based screening of pharmaceutical samples so as to promptly and accurately identify fake drugs.
“The bottom line is to mobilise support and collaboration from all stakeholders in strengthening our efforts in expanding the existing systems against the sale and consumption of counterfeit drugs in this state.
“This is why the government is collaborating with PCN and NAFDAC to make use of TruScan to fight counterfeit drugs,” he said.
Abari also called on the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) to fast-track the process of setting up Mega Drug Distribution Centers (MDDCs), as their own contribution in eradicating counterfeit drugs in the state.
He decried the rising rate of health expectations in the state but added that it was committed to giving quality and affordable health care services to its residents.
“To cope with the ever growing health expectations, the state health sector is undergoing reforms and transformations.
“We have introduced changes in the roles and responsibilities of the personnel that man our facilities,0 especially at the community level so as to meet the health needs of the people,” he said.