This Day (Lagos)

10 January 2013

Nigeria: Hospital to Get Fake Drug-Detection Machines

The Minister of Health, Professor Christian Onyebuchi Chukwu, has ordered the distribution of the cutting-edge technologies introduced by National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in the fight against fake drugs to hospitals across the country.

He said this was to enable them test drugs in their pharmacies.

Chukwu stated this when he paid an unscheduled visit to some parastatals under his ministry.

The parastatals included Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), NAFDAC.

He commended the management for the successes it had so far recorded in the fight against fake drugs and unwholesome foods in the country.

According to him, this had raised the expectation of Nigerians of NAFDAC.

The minister, however, expressed disappointment at the dusty and unkempt hall and the entire environment of the PCN when he wanted to enter its conference room to meet with the members of staff.

Consequently, he had to stand outside the premises and address them.

Chukwu charged them to make self- assessment of their performance a regular habit to see whether they were adding value to the organisation or not.

He said if they discovered that they were not adding value to the PCN, they should resign or retire or be relieved of their jobs.

"When you are leaving for work tomorrow, ask yourself, why am I going to work? If you cannot answer that question, maybe it is time you put in your paper for resignation or voluntary retirement because you are not adding value to what you are doing. The danger is that you may get dismissed out of your own wish," he said.

The minister, however, praised those he met in their offices and assured that the government attached priority to their welfare.

In addition, he promised to look into the issue of lack of promotion raised by the workers promptly.

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