Fake drugs circulation worries Zamfara PSN
From Bala Abubakar, Gusau
The Zamfara State branch of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has lamented over the formidable size and speed in circulation as well as the abundance of fake and counterfeit drugs being peddled by dangerous, faceless and unpatriotic citizens in the state and nation at large.
Contained in a statement by the chairman of the branch, Pharmacist Sani Bello, as part of activities marking this year’s World Pharmacists Day by the International Federation of Pharmacists, which was celebrated on Wednesday, the group frowned at the ugly situation.
It said the choice for the theme of this year’s celebration: ‘Safe and Effective Medicine for All’ was informed by the truism that there is no treatment without safe and effective medicines.
It called on the government agencies to gear up in effort to arrest the dangerous situation, adding that: “However, government alone can not execute this task without the active support of all and sundry especially the mass media, religious leaders and community leaders.
Other efforts made by the PSN to facilitate fake drugs free society in the state were the call for the employment of pharmacists to cover all public health institutions, including primary healthcare centers to guarantee quality in handling and general administration of drugs.
It further suggested that apart from intensive public awareness on drugs, it vowed to encourage the establishment of legal commercial outlets for drugs to be manned by qualified pharmaceutical manpower even if it means through assistance by the state government.
“Equally commendable is the recent effort by the new leadership of the state government to boost manpower status in the state including pharmacists via the recent foreign scholarship award given to deserving indigenes of the state,” the statement has applauded.