The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration Control, NAFDAC, has destroyed expired drugs worth N11.5million in Niger State.
The state Ministry of Health and Hospital Services disclosed this while saying it collaborated with the agency in destroying the drugs.
The ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Makunsidi, who disclosed this to journalists, explained that some of the destroyed drugs had been in the stores of various health facilities for over 10 years.
He said the drugs included expired HIV and Tuberculosis medication as well as hand sanitizers among others.
Makunsidi, who was represented by the Director of Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Muhammad Ndagi, said: “As a responsible government, the expired drugs and consumables were being destroyed to safeguard public health by preventing them from falling into the wrong hands.”
He noted that since the establishment of the Niger State Drugs and Hospital Consumables Management Agency, the activities at the central medical store had tremendously increased.
He assured that the agency would ensure the orderly and systematic supply of genuine drugs and consumables to all the health facilities across the 25 local government areas of the state.