The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has re-emphasized its readiness to promote and protect the health of Nigerians.
Speaking on Thursday, at the flag-off of the agency’s sensitization campaign, in Ilorin, the Director-General of NAFDAC, Professor Moji Adeyeye said the first phase of the campaigns will hold in selected states across the country from August to September, 2021.
Adeyeye, who was represented by the NAFDAC director, North-Central, Bolaji Abayomi noted that the event is another major milestone to protect Nigerians against the deleterious effects of unwholesome food, falsified medical products, harmful cosmetics, poor water and other substandard regulated products.
According to him, the key objective of the sensitization programme is to intensify and expand the scope of informal and formal communication strategies in order to reach the vulnerable communities especially at the grassroots.
She said the Campaign themes intend to address the 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 oil, dangerous practice of using potassium bromate to bake bread among others.
She noted that Mass Media, Vibrant Youth Organisations and Civil Societies in the pilot states will be in the forefront of the Sensitization campaigns.
The target audience are Market Women and Men, Road Transport Workers and Employers, Community Youth Organisations and Students.