By Hassan Zaggi
The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) has vowed to ensure that all open drug markets in the country are closed with immediate effect.
This according to the Registrar of the Council, Pharmacist, Elijah Mohammed, is to pave way for the way for the full implementation of the National Drug Distribution Guidelines (NDDGs).
The registrar who was recently reappointed by the federal government for another four year term vowed to focus on consolidating the achievements of his first tenure.
Speaking with journalists in Abuja, the Registrar of the Council noted that the closure of open drug markets is part of the full implementation of the NDDGs which the federal government had set for December 31.
“Indeed, 31 December, 2018 remains the deadline for the implementation of the National Drug Distribution Guidelines. We are very committed to this course and are quite optimistic,” Pharmacist Mohammed said.
He reiterated that PCN, the Federal Ministry of Health, and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) remain committed and are working in synergy to ensure the full implementation of the guidelines.
He revealed that the construction of Coordinated Wholesale Centers (CWCs) has been ongoing at the approved locations in some states to cater for those who are in the open drug market.
This, according to him, would help sanitize drug distribution in the country “because open drug markets were the hub of major drug supply and drug problems in the country.”
He added that instead of just pushing the open drug markets out, the government in its wisdom approved CWCs to relocate them to.
“The fact remains that the projects are very capital-intensive and efforts are being geared towards their completion.
“However, be rest assured that appropriate modalities that will guarantee smooth transition are being put in place.”