From Shuaibu Zubair Tatu, Birnin Kebbi
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has flagged off campaigns against substandard foods, drugs and cosmetics
In Kebbi State
Director General of the Agency, Professor Moji Christianah Adeyeye disclosed this in Birnin Kebbi that it was set to tackle the menace of unwholesome foods, falsified medical products, harmful cosmetics, poor water and other substandard regulated products in circulation in the country.
While delivering her address at the flag off campaign against substandard foods, drugs and cosmetics in Kebbi State.
Adeyeye said the agency’s move against such dangerous foods and products was to protect the health of Nigerians.
She said ” It is common knowledge that Nigeria has a preponderant share of the global problems of falsified medical products and unwholesome foods.
The DG who was represented at the event by the zonal director of the agency……. said the advent of Covid-19 pandemic has aggravated the problems with challenge posed by substandard and falsified personal protective equipment.
“The campaign will contribute to the federal government concerted efforts to inform, sensitize, edecate and alerted the public about inherent dangers of intake and use of those spurious regulated products”, she said.
She added that the campaign will address public health challenges such as, danger of buying medicines from hawkers,patients, abuse of codeine, dangerous practice of use potassium bromate to bake bread, use of azo-dyes in palm oil, dangers of using sniper to preserve foods and dangers of using pesticides, insecticides.
She stated that the mass media,vibrant youth organizations and civil societies in the pilot states will be in the forefront of the campaign. “The target audiences are market women and men, road transport workers and employe