Following the influx of counterfeit medicines into the Nigerian market, the Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has suggested death sentence for fake drug peddlers.
The Governor, who made the statement at the presentation ceremony of ISO/IEC 17025, :2005 accreditation certificate to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, South-East Zonal Laboratory at Agulu, Anambra State by the United States Pharmacopeia Convention, described the act of drug counterfeiting as heinous.
According to the report published by The Punch Newspapers, Obiano condemned the action of these unscrupulous agents, describing it as the worst criminal act to humanity. “Fake drug is the worst crime anybody can commit. There is no need jailing such people; they should be killed”, the governor stated.
While assuring the citizens on the activities of the government to curb the actions of fake drug peddlers, the governor, who was represented by his deputy, Dr. Nkem Okeke, noted that the state was making efforts to partner the Federal Government to check the influx of fake drugs into the Onitsha Bridgehead market.
The governor said that to prevent the people of the state from falling prey to fake drug sellers, a health insurance scheme was being put in place to treat the people centrally.