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Friday, May 25, 2018

Anambra State Assembly Takes Credit On Bill Against Drug Hawking

The state Assembly has been commended for initiating bold steps to prohibit hawking of drugs on streets or markets in the state.

Speaking in Awka, a medical practitioner, Professor Peter Katchy said when passed into law the bill would help to check increasing drug abuse and protect the health of the people Paul Ezeoke reports that the bill which is before the House of Assembly, seeks to make it an offence to hawk any kind of drug on streets or markets in the state.

Professor Katchy who noted that this would ensure strict regulation of production and distribution of drugs lamented that over the years a lot of untrained persons produced and peddle drugs and concoctions with unfounded claims which the sell to unsuspecting public while genuine drugs are also counterfeited by charlatans.

He explained that these have dangerous consequences as most of the drugs and concoctions are harmful and injurious to the body and could damage the liver, kidney, brain and other vital organs which he pointed out has increased mortality rate in the country.

Professor Katchy said drugs for human consumption should undergo series of pharmaceutical research and tests following regulated procedure and must receive approval and authorization from relevant Regulatory agencies to ensure that they comply to specifications.

Another Medical Practitioner, Dr. Ferdinand Chukwuneke regretted that some of the drug peddlers often claim that their drugs cure multiple diseases without proof and noted that when pass into law, the bill would ensure that all drugs, sold in the state are produced in known and approved addresses where the producers could easily be located

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