By Omolara Adasofunjo

Ogun State House of Assembly has passed a resolution calling on the State Government through the relevant agencies to step up measures towards curbing the menace of fake and expired drugs.

The passage of the resolution followed a motion moved by the Majority Leader, Mr Yusuf Sheriff, seconded by Mr Olakunle Sobukanla and supported by the Whole House.

Opening debate on the motion, the sponsor and Chairman, House Committee on Health, representing Yewa North 2 State Constituency, Mr Wahab Haruna, had decried the high rate of fake and expired drugs in circulation.

Mr Haruna appealed that the State Ministry of Health and other professionals bodies in the sector across the state to collaborate to combat the menace, while ensuring appropriate sanctions and fines were put in place to serve as deterrent to future perpetrators.

Also supporting the resolution, Mr Babatunde Tella, Mr Oluseun Adesanya and Adegoke Adeyanju said the effect of counterfeit drugs on the people was alarming and called for the sustenance of the state Government’s proactive measures to centralize drug testing and distribution through the a central medicine store to all public health facilities in the state.

Responding, the Speaker, Mr Oludaisi Elemide blamed the problem on the selfish desire for inappropriate maximization of profit by those he described as unscrupulous elements in the sector, pointing out that the grave consequences of fake drug made some Asian nations resorted to subjecting the peddlers to capital punishment.

He implored the various enforcement and regulatory agencies to step up measures towards checkmating the sales and distribution of fake and expires drugs nationwide.

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