The Arole Odua, Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, has called on the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to intensify campaigns against fake and counterfeit drugs in the country.
The Ooni made the call when playing host to the management of the agency at Ile-Oodua on Wednesday, in Ile-Ife.
The monarch maintained that NAFDAC has been contributing its quota to the development of the country by orientating the citizenry on steps to take to safeguard their health.
He called on stakeholders in the health sector to partner with NAFDAC in the fight against fake drugs.
Oba Ogunwusi pledged his support for the agency in the campaign against counterfeit and fake drugs.
NAFDAC Director-General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, represented by the agency’s Director of Special Duties, Alhaji Abubakar Jimoh, described the Ooni as a “philosopher of this era”.
The DG lauded Oba Ogunwusi for his fatherly role, especially during the upsurge of the Coronavirus pandemic in the country.
The NAFDAC boss said the fumigating machines distributed by the traditional ruler in all the 36 states and FCT, was a sign of his genuine interest in the health of the people.
She said that NAFDAC had intensified its campaign against the hawking of drugs, drug abuse, loading of groundnut oil in kerosene tankers, among others.
The agency is also campaigning against the use of carbide in ripe bananas and plantain, which can result in cancer of the liver.
She also advised nursing mothers on six months of exclusive breastfeeding to ensure healthy babies.
She warned the youths against the use of codeine and tramadol, adding that the drugs have adverse effects on health.