Ondo task force wages war on drug counterfeiters



A SPECIAL task force set up by the Ondo State Government has begun full operations across the 18 local council areas of the state to get rid of production, sale and use of fake drugs.

According to the state Commissioner for Health, Dayo Adeyanju, the operations are geared at ensuring that fake drugs are neither produced nor circulated in the state.

He said that the task force has commenced inspections of pharmaceutical and patent shops in order to certify their drugs through the newly acquired Truscan machine by the state government.

The task force, which comprises the state Director of NAFDAC, law enforcement agents, the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Health and other top government officials, is led by the commissioner for health .

Adeyanju, speaking at the first point of call, which was the State Specialist Hospital, Akure, explained that the team decided to start the monitoring from the Specialist Hospital in order to set an exemplary standard to other stakeholders in the sector.

His words: “The Truscan machine was purchased to detect fake drugs in circulation, warning people that engage in adulterated drugs to desist or face the wrath of the law.”

The commissioner, while assuring the people that government would continue to prioritise the welfare of its people, informed that frantic efforts had been put in place to overhaul and cause vital improvement in the health sector.

He called on the people to be mindful of where they buy their drugs, disclosing that the team would soon visit all the pharmaceutical and patent shops across the state with a view to sanitising the heath sector.

Earlier, the NAFDAC State Director, Wole Ojo, expressed the determination of the commission to clamp down on dealers of fake drugs in the state.

Ojo, who is a pharmacist, while commending the government of Ondo State for taking a right step in a right direction by going out for such exercise, assured that NAFDAC would continue to collaborate with the government in order to achieve a common goal.

Meanwhile, the state governor, Olusegun Mimiko at the weekend gave insight into how the state intends to improve on its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), stressing the need for government to implement the Land Use Charge to increase its internally generated revenue.

According to the governor, there are still large pools that needed to be administered in the income tax generation. 

The governor who called for more collaboration of the principals of schools to jerk up the state internally generated revenue sought their cooperation in the Land Use Charge to fast-track the socio-economic development of the state.

He described the principals as respected community leaders whose views and opinions were accepted and respected by their people, hence the need for them to assist government in the sensitization of their people concerning government’s programmes.

While welcoming the governor, the Commissioner for Education, Jide Adejuyigbe said that the state government has been fair to teachers in the state in the areas of welfare and promotion, calling on them to continue to do their best to take the state to the next level in education.

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