FG Bans Importation Of Mosquito Nets From Tanzania


Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, reveals the Federal Government has banned the importation of treated mosquito nets and insecticides from Tanzania into the country, saying there is absolutely no reason for importing them.

The Minister reveals that the importation of these mosquito nets and other drugs that could be produced in the country costs the nation billions of naira, pointing out that the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, a body of drugs and related products manufacturers in the country could produce mosquito nets, as the products are part of medical devices.

Speaking at the launch of new guidelines for regulatory activities by the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration Control (NAFDAC), Adewole directed NAFDAC to partner with Universities of Zaria, Enugu, Ibadan and Jos to enhance research into local production of drugs.

He however recommended that drugs be produced in the country under the supervision of  the Nigerian Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development, (NIPRD) and the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

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NAFDAC Acting Director General, Mrs Yetunde Oni, said the launch of the new guidelines is aimed at strengthening the agency to ensure effective regulation of the pharmaceutical industry and monitor the efficacy of products in the country.

Given the scientific nature of the operations of NAFDAC, Mrs Oni explains that

“…it is expected that we would regularly engage in activities to sharpen delivery on our mandate through availability of adequate tools to enhance productivity. These guidelines aid compliance by stakeholders and make regulatory activities seamless between regulators and the regulated.”

She said the guidelines clearly spelt out details on regulations and how they are to be implemented in line with relevant laws and extant statutes.

At the event, Adewole also assured that the Federal Government will do everything required to ensure that the members of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) do not carry out their strike threat after the expiration of a 21-day ultimatum handed down to government on Monday this week.

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