Not less than 30 illegal patent medicine stores were shut down in the Ajah-Lekki axis at the weekend by the Task Force on Counterfeit, Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods in Lagos.
Special Adviser to the State Governor on Public Health, Dr. Yewande Adeshina who disclosed this said the state government was not only worried by the dangers posed by illegal drug hawkers but also by the nefarious activities of illegal operators of patent medicine and pharmaceutical stores in Lagos hence the clampdown.
“The drug distribution system in Lagos would get worse if the activities of illegal drug operators are allowed to continue unchecked as more people will get harmed by their nefarious activities. The Victoria Island-Ajah-Lekki raid was necessitated by the excesses of illegal drug operators in that axis and the resolve of government to streamline activities of operators in the drug sector.”
Adeshina vowed that government will do all it can to stop the inherent dangers associated with drugs from unauthorized outlets by undertaking periodic raids adding that government recognizes the menace of fake drugs and the attendant influence of open drug markets which play the dangerous role of reservoir of spurious and dangerous drugs.
She listed the affected drug stores as including Jott Care & Drug Store by Lawyer’s Bus Stop Ado Badore, Chimako Drug Store at No 9, Ado Badore Road, Folarin Bus Stop, St. Michael Plaza, Papa Bus Stop Badore road, Mokolade Pharmacy, Jemivida Healthway Pharmacy, Unity Road, Ado Badore and Okonkwo Chidiebere Pharmacy at No 26, Baale Street, Igbo-Efon Lekki.
Others are a Chemist located at No 45, Baale Street, Igbo-Efon Lekki; Blenco Supermarket Ekere Bus Stop, Ajah; Precious Investment of E.O.L.G 9, Ajah market Block O; Joe Drug at E.O.L.G 3, Ajah market Block M and an unnamed shop at E.O.L.G 1 Ajah market Block NI amongst several others.
“The shops were sealed off for offenses ranging from sales of drugs without license from the regulatory authority to failure to relocate from a market area/adherence to the mandated distance between a patent medicine shop and market place as stipulated by the law; and sales of counterfeit and fake drugs amongst others”, she said.