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Reps urge FG to stop production, circulation of unwholesome drinks, fake drugs

The House of Representatives has called on the Federal Government to immediately stop the production and circulation of unwholesome drinks and fake drugs in the country.

This followed the adoption of a motion by Rep Henry Nwawuba (PDP-Imo) at the plenary on Tuesday in Abuja.

Moving the motion, Nwawuba noted that the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control(NAFDAC) findings revealed that Nigeria is the largest market for fake and counterfeit drugs in the world.

He added that about 70 percent of pharmaceutical products in Nigeria were fake while expressing worry that Nigerian youths now rely on energy drinks and drugs for energy to commit atrocities.

This according to him include; armed robbery, kidnappings, rape, killings among others which had led to a decline in their health status and destroyed their capacity to contribute to societal development.

He expressed concern that the productive capacity of the youth, an asset of any nation, was destroyed at a time when the Federal Government was diversifying the Nigerian economy from oil to agriculture.

He stated that the effect of fake and counterfeit drugs was worse in the country due to the poor health delivery system which had turn hospitals and healthcare centers into mere consulting centers.

The House, therefore, urged the Federal Ministry of Health to intensify efforts aimed at eradicating fake drinks and substandard drugs from the country.

The House also mandated the committee on Healthcare services to ensure compliance. (NAN)

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