NAFDAC Pledges Nationwide Prosecution of Drug Hawkers

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By Kasim Isa Muhammad

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has reiterated its readiness to prosecute persons involved in drug hawking across the country, citing the dangers such drugs pose to public health.

Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, the Director-General of NAFDAC, expressed this commitment during the launch of the NAFDAC media sensitisation workshop tagged “Hazards of Drug Hawking” held in Abuja.

She emphasized the Agency’s readiness to enhance surveillance on those employing artificial methods to ripen fruits and to take legal action against them if apprehended.

“Several national dailies and organisations have raised concern about this dangerous practice of drug hawking and ripening of fruits with calcium carbide.

“This workshop is also a fulfilment of my promise to collaborate with the media to continue to raise awareness about bleaching creams.

“NAFDAC will constantly engage the media on regulatory activities.

“The menace of drug hawking poses a serious challenge to the nation; drug hawkers are merchants of death who go around with drugs full of poison, prescribing to gullible patients.” She added.

Similarly, Prof. Adeyeye called for the collaboration of law enforcement agencies in monitoring and eliminating hazardous practices.

The workshop, she said, was part of NAFDAC’s commitment to working with the media to raise awareness regarding the consequences of bleaching creams.

The NAFDAC Director-General expressed concerns about the use of carbide for fruit ripening, emphasizing its potential adverse effects on the skin.

She added that fruits ripened with chemicals not only lose their natural colour, taste, and aroma but also pose serious health risks, including kidney and liver failure.

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