The World Health Organisation, WHO, says it is collaborating with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, to address the sale of substandard drugs in Nigeria.
The WHO Nigeria Country Representative, Dr Wondimagegnehu Alemu said this on Saturday at the WHO Head Office, Abuja, during the commemoration of the World Health Day 2018.
He said that addressing the sale of substandard drugs in the country was very pivotal if WHO was to achieve its target of supporting member states in reaching Universal Health Coverage, UHC, by 2030.
Dr. Alemu said WHO was therefore working with NAFDAC to introduce and implement a specific mechanism which would ensure that fake drugs were not in circulation in the country.
He said the mechanism would also ensure that fake and substandard drugs already on sale in the country were stopped.
The Representative said WHO was also concluding plans to hold a regional workshop aimed at building capacity of countries in Africa and drug regulators.
According to him, “the workshop will equip the countries and drug regulators with necessary knowledge and tools to identify and monitor the trends of substandard and falsified products in the market.
He said WHO would ensure that the mechanism put in place was the right one to achieve the results needed.
The theme for the World Health Day 2018 is “Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, everywhere”.
Dr. Alemu said the organisation chose the theme to remind World Leaders of their pledge in 2015 to achieving UHC by 2030 as part of the SDGs.