NAFDAC kicks off campaign against public health challenges

DG, NAFDAC, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye

National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has kicked off its public awareness campaign to protect Nigerians against the deleterious effects of unwholesome food, falsified medical products, harmful cosmetics, poor water and other substandard regulated products.

The key objective of the sensitisation programme is to intensify and expand the scope of our informal and formal behaviour change communication strategies in order to reach the vulnerable communities especially at the grassroots.

Director-General of NAFDAC, Professor Moji Adeyeye at the flag-off of the agency’s sensitization campaign in Sokoto remarked that, it is common knowledge that Nigeria has a preponderant share of the global problem of falsified medical products and unwholesome food.

Represented by Pharmacist Dauda Gonna, Professor Adeyeye said, “the sensitization campaigns will contribute significantly to Federal Government’s concerted efforts to inform, sensitize, educate and alert the public about inherent dangers of intake and use of those spurious regulated products.

The campaign themes are multifaceted with clear, concise, informative and educative messages aimed at arousing the awareness and consciousness of the general public about the various infractions that impact negatively on our healthcare delivery system

“These campaign themes intend to address public health challenges such as, dangers of buying medicines from hawkers, abuse of Codeine and self-medication especially among youths, the dangerous effects of using Kerosene tanker to load groundnut, dangerous practice of using potassium bromate to bake bread, and the use of Azo-dyes in Palm oil which causes cancer.

“Others are dangers of using Sniper to preserve any type of food or to keep flies away from meat, use of formalin on food and its associated health hazard. Low level of exclusive breastfeeding practice by lactating Mothers and its associated health hazards, dangers of wrong use of pesticides and insecticides, wrong use of chemicals and its hazardous effects and the problem of antimicrobial resistance arising from animal meat.”

Mass Media, Vibrant Youth Organisations and Civil Societies in the eight pilot states are in the forefront of the Sensitization campaigns while, the target audiences are Market Women and Men, Road Transport Workers and Employers, Community Youth Organisations and Students

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