A fake drug manufacturer, under the name Brother Paul Legacy Foundation, has been arrested by the Ondo State Task Force against fake and counterfeit drugs.
The fake drug manufacturer, who operates in 13 states in the country, was arrested at the office of the organization, located at the cultural area, Ondo Road, Akure, following a tip-off.
Authorities say the task force team found concoctions that the manufacturer claimed could cure all kinds of ailments that are injurious to people’s health.
“The team got information that the organization had been in town since June, treating all kinds of ailments at a price with the claim that they could treat all ailments such as cancer, low sperm count, diabetes, hypertension, hepatitis and barrenness and claimed to be registered with NAFDAC,” the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Mrs Folukemi Aladenola, said.
She reiterated that the Ministry of Health would always protect the health interests of the people of the State at all times.
According to her, the state government has ensured that its people have unfettered access to healthcare delivery by increasing access to health facilities through the suspension of registration fees in all government facilities to cushion the effects of fuel subsidy removal.
“The gesture of the government should prompt our people to access government health care facilities but to our surprise, people still patronise these quacks and their prices range from N5000 to N10,000. Instead of using this money to patronise quacks, you can get quality drugs at the government facilities in the State”
” The era of out-of-stock syndrome is over, now our facilities now have enough drugs to cater to the health of the people at an affordable price. Now our facilities have been directed to get their drugs from this agency. If you don’t get drugs in these facilities, you can question this gap.”
While warning that all fake drug dealers in the State would be brought to book, she admonished the people of the state to always access healthcare from qualified personnel and accredited government and private facilities.
On his part, the representative of NAFDAC, Mr Samuel Olatunji, said the NAFDAC registration number the organization was using was fake.
The Chairman of the Taskforce in Ondo State, Olugbenga Lasekan, also warned those involved in the selling of fake drugs and adulterated consumables to desist or face the full wrath of the law.