Mojisola Adeyeye, the Director-General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has condemned the over reliance on importation in Nigeria.
Mojisola, made this comment while speaking on a Channels Tv program..
NAFDAC DG accused the Nigerian pharmaceutical companies of importing virtually everything except may be only water, which has affected the availability of medical supplies in the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
She added, “We were over-dependent. The only thing that the pharmaceutical companies do not import is water.
“The ingredients are not there and you cannot manufacture ingredients, whether active or non-active in the country without support from the government.
“You cannot set up active pharmaceutical industries without training the personnel; without having solid science foundation.
“But that is changing at the moment. We have two or three companies now that are going to be making some pharmaceutical ingredients”
She added that importation is the best thing, but it is also the worst thing that could have happened to Nigeria
The NAFDAC DG further called for the need for increased local production in Nigeria.
Mojisola, however, added that she sees a better future for health sector and pharmaceutical as Coronavirus has drawn the attention of the government to the health sector.
According to her, “I actually see a brighter future for Nigeria because COVID-19 woke us up from our comatose state as a country. The health sector was neglected for decades and what the Buhari administration is doing right now is phenomenal.”