The registrar of the Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria (PCN), Elijah Mohamed arrived in Imo State recently to carry out an on the spot inspection of the trading area of the members of National Association of Patent and proprietory medicine dealers (NAPPMED).
Recall that the allocated stores to members of NAPPMED at Kez Plaza, Douglas Road Owerri were earlier sealed for violation of drug sales law.
Mohamed was received during the visit to Imo by the special adviser to the Governor on health, Dr. Lina Okereke.
During the visit the PCN registrar expressed disappointment that for over six months the NAPPMED stores were unsealed nothing has been done as agreed at that time.
However, after Dr Okereke appealed to him for mercy and extension of time, he accepted and gave them extra time to comply or get the place permanently sealed.
The genesis of the problems between PCN and NAPPMED was later explained to our correspondent by the office of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Health in a statement as follows:
“On 30/6/2020 the body of the National Association of Patent and Proprietary Medicine Dealers (NAPPMED) stormed the office of the special adviser to the Governor on Health.
“They complained that their allocated shops at key plaza, Douglas road Owerri were sealed on Monday 29th June 2020 by the federal Ministry of health inspection and monitoring team in conjunction with the Pharmacists Coucil of Nigeria (PCN).
“They appealed to our Governor of share prosperity, Distinguished Sen. Hope Uzodimma through the office of the Special Adviser on Health to aid them through necessary protocols to unlock their plaza.
“Investigations were immediately carried out by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Health, Dr Lina Okereke on behalf of Your Excellency, Distinguished Sen. Hope Uzodimma by doing the following:
1. Visiting the sealed plaza.
2. Visiting the Pharmacist Council of Nigeria executives Imo state Chapter.
3. Holding on line discussion with Federal Ministry of Health Inspection and Monitoring team, Abuja that sealed the premises.
4. Having a serious prolonged online dialogue with Registrar of Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria.
“Having discussed extensively with the bodies, the SA on Health was in support of a good work done by the federal Ministry of Health, Inspection and Monitoring team/Pharmacists council of Nigeria, Abuja.- A job worth praising.
“She admonished NAPPMED of Imo state members and their executives and also applauded the Registrar of Federal Pharmatical Council of Nigeria (PCN), Abuja, for the reason that sale of drugs in open Market goes with many defaults with severe effect to hospital treatment and the society at large.
“Also, the PCN revealed that they had severally warned them to build a Coordinated Wholesale Centre (CWC) in the state where their sales would be monitored and standardised.
“But after considering the impact of the sealed stores on the families and children of the drug sellers who are over 3000 members, especially at this COVID-19 period and the subsequent crime it can predispose to Imo people, Dr Okereke on behalf of our Governor of Share Prosperity on 3R mantra of Recovery, Reconstruction and Rehabilitation moved to reconcile with all the bodies involved with the sealing of the drug sellers Plaza and to give our Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma, who loves discipline and order, the time to address the issue.
“So after much deliberations with the Registrar and others involved, on the 15th July they came and unsealed the sales Plaza to the glory of God”.