Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Governor Obiano proposes death sentence for fake medicine manufacturers

- Anambra state governor, Willion Obiano has recommended death sentence for fake drug manufacturers
- The governor said manufacturing fake medicine is the worst of crime against humanity and can only be reduced if perpetrators are sentenced to death instead of jail
The rate of fake medicine in Anambra and perharps Nigeria as a whole is set to reduce as Anambra state governor, Willie Obiano, on Monday, January 23, recommended death sentence for fake medicine manufacturers.
The governor said that to prevent the people of the state from falling prey to fake medicine sellers, a health insurance scheme was being put in place to treat the people centrally.
Declare death sentence for fake medicine maker – Governor
Declare death sentence for fake medicine maker – Governor
According to Punch, Obiano who was represented by his deputy, Dr. Nkem Okeke, made the recommendation during the presentation ceremony of ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation certificate to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, South-East zonal Laboratory at Agulu, Anambra state by the United States Pharmacopeia Convention.
Okeke described the activities of fake medicine peddlers as evil. She said: “It’s the worst criminal act to humanity. Fake drug is the worst crime anybody can commit. There is no need jailing such people; they should be killed.”
Okeke announced that the state is making efforts to partner with the federal government to check the influx of fake medicine into Onitsha Bridgehead market.
The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Dr. Nkem Okeke, said the state was making efforts to partner the federal government to check the influx of fake medicine into the Onitsha Bridgehead market.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole who was also in attendance paid tribute to the former Director- General of the NAFDAC, the late Prof. Dora Akunyili, for her achievement.
He asked NAFDAC to continue to maintain standard that earned it the international certification.
He told the agency that it was easier to get the accreditation of the International Organisation for Standardisation/International Electro-technical than to sustain it.
The minister assured manufacturers of medical products in the country of government’s encouragement through favourable policies, especially in taxation.
Meanwhile, Governor Obiano said that it had concluded arrangements to set up Primary Health Centres in the 326 wards across the 21 local government areas of the state.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Joe Akabuike, made the disclosure on Wednesday, January 18, at a workshop organized by a non-governmental organization, the Civil Rights Concern (CRN), in Awka.
The commissioner said it was an intervention the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano, had introduced to bring healthcare to the grassroots, explaining that no fewer than 63 health facilities in the state had already been upgraded to world class standard.

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