The National Agency for food and drugs administration and Control, NAFDAC, has been challenged to synergize with community pharmacists to checkmate high rate of unwholesome and fake drugs which is one of the leading cause of death among Nigerians.
The new National President of the Association of Community Pharmacist of Nigeria, ACPN, Samuel Adekola gave the charge in Akure, Ondo state when he led his members of his new national executive for a thanksgiving at All Christian Fellowship Ministry, FUTA Assembly, Akure.
According to Pharmacist Adekola, such partnership between NAFDAC and community Pharmacists nationwide will help the government to stamp out uncertified drugs dealers and reduce activities of unqualified pharmacists to the nearest minimum in the country.
The ACPN President urged the Federal Ministry of Health and state counterparts to address the delay in mobilising graduate pharmacists for NYSC scheme due to inadequate of offices for their one-year compulsory internship.
Pharmacist Adekola advised Nigerians against patronising unregistered pharmaceutical stores and chemists to prevent consumption of fake drugs that serves as a silent killer.
In an interview, a former commissioner for health in Ondo state, Dr Dayo Adeyanju urged the new national leadership of community Pharmacists to give greater attention to the eradication of counterfeiting drugs which had been rendering health care useless.
Also speaking, Pharmacists Taiwo Babalola and Daniel Ajayi said all stakeholders in the health sector must work with community Pharmacists to wage a sustainable war against circulation of unwholesome drugs and pharmaceutical materials across the federation.