Nigerian Govt To Shut Down All Open Drug Markets From July 1

In order to ensure organised drug distribution system in the country, the federal government will on July 1 commence the implementation of the National Drug Distribution Guidelines (NDDGs).

The permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health, Linus Awute, stated this yesterday at a press conference in Abuja adding that regulatory agencies like the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) and NAFDAC will on that date resume the exercise of their mandate to ensure full compliance.

According to Awute, this chaotic drug distribution poses a very big challenge to the pharmaceutical sector in particular and the federal government in general considering the negative impact the situation has on the entire healthcare system of the country.

It would be recalled that in order to address the ugly situation, the federal government established the Presidential Committee on Pharmaceutical Sector Reform and charged it to develop a strategy towards the institutionalisation of a well-ordered drug distribution system. The strategies adopted by the committee to achieve this include the development of the National Drug Distribution Guidelines in 2010 to provide guidance for drug distribution.

Meanwhile, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has said Nigeria has the highest number of persons serving jail terms for drug-related offences worldwide.

The NDLEA commander in Niger State, Mr Iweajunwa Okechukwu, disclosed this yesterday while celebrating the 2015 UN Drug Free Day in Minna. Okechukwu said that the recent Indonesian saga involving Nigerians was a pointer to the claim.

   - Leadership

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