… Advised vendors to register
The National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says the excesses and arbitrary advertisement of herbal medicine products in the state were quite alarming and needed to be checked.
NAFDAC Kaduna State Coordinator, Mr Nasiru Mato, made this known on Monday in Kaduna.
Mato therefore, advised the traditional medicine vendors to comply with the agency’s call on them to get registered and obtain certificates before advertising their products, to avoid sanctions.
He said, “Herbal medicines or traditional medicines as they are often called are as old as man himself, in recent times, however, the excesses and arbitrary advertisement of these products are quite alarming.
“NAFDAC is statutorily mandated to regulate and control their manufacture, importation, exportation, distribution, advertisement, sale and use for safety, quality and efficacy.
“As such, these products must undergo mandatory laboratory evaluation and subsequent certification and registration”, he said
“NAFDAC is ever willing to strengthen and regularise the herbal medicine practice in conformity with its mandate of safeguarding public health,” the coordinator added.
He reiterated the agency’s commitment to ensuring strict compliance, as well as the adoption of massive education and sensitization to put all relevant stakeholders in the know.
Mato however, warned that NAFDAC would sanction any unethical practice detrimental to public health and safety.
The coordinator assured that the agency would continue to do its best in safeguarding people’s lives without putting anyone out of business.