Kano strange disease: DG NAFDAC presents preliminary result of clinical test to Ganduje

The Director-General (DG) of the National Agency for Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof Mojisola Adeyeye presented a preliminary result of clinical test of the substances wreaking havoc to Kano citizens, which caused strange illness in the state.
This was just as she added that “the substances have Citric Acid. We also went to 2 companies that have the registered substances with them, though their substances are registered, but we still put them on hold, to avoid certain things. Until after our examination,” she explained.
Professor Adeyeye made this assertion while presenting the preliminary result, during a courtesy visit to Governor Ganduje, at his office in Kano, Tuesday evening, accompanied by the Director Enforcement of the Agency, State Coordinator of NAFDAC, former President of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Pharm Ahmed Yakasai, among others.
“Your Excellency, there are 5 substances involved in this development. Out of the 5 substances, only 3 were registered and the remaining 2 were not registered. We still wonder how they came into the country. As our investigation reveals that, they were not imported into the country through our Ports,” She stated.
According to a statement signed by Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Kano State, Comrade Abba Anwar on Wednesday to pressmen that the NAFDAC DG ,disclosed that  “Some of those substances are poisonous when one takes them, he or she would find it very difficult to breathe normally, that is close to death.”
Indicating how the Agency takes the matter seriously, she disclosed that, there are 6 Directorates on the issue, engaged in trying to define coherent and scientific explanation to it.

Prof Adeyeye assured that when the final result is out they would present it to the State government. However commended the effort being put by the Acting Managing Director of the State Consumer Protection Council, Baffa Dan-gundi, over his unrelenting commitment to fighting the marketing of the poisonous substances, alongside fake and counterfeit drugs trooping into the state.

“Your Excellency,  I am pleased and glad to inform you that, our Agency will establish Coordinated Wholesale Centre (CWC) here in Kano. Sir it is the first one to be established in the country. We are also building the State office of the Agency, which will also come with a laboratory. So Kano will henceforth have its lab, well equipped,” she revealed.

In his remarks, Governor Ganduje assured them of his administration’s commitment towards partnering with NAFDAC in specified areas, “…just to keep our state and the nation in general, safer and healthier. We also appreciate your effort in working hand in hand with us in taming this strange illness in the state,” he said.

Ganduje hinted that for now, the source of those substances are known to authorities, “While we arrested many consignments, we are still combing our markets thoroughly.”

He said he was happy that the process of substance examination was hastened, “…that we are today receiving a preliminary result. This is commendable. We will also continue with the public enlightenment. We need to work very hard as the Fasting period is fast approaching us. When people use all kinds of substances as appetizer,” he assured.

Ganduje reminded her about the effort of the State government in building the Drugs market at the newly Dangwauro modern market, adding that, “The Drug market there is almost completed. We put in place, at the Drug market, offices of NAFDAC, NDLEA, Customs and Excise, among other relevant agencies. We will not relent in our effort to control the Drug market in the state.”

NAFDAC Boss presented an Award of Excellence to the Governor for his commitment and unhindered political will in dealing, decisively, with drug abusers and mismanagers in the state.


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