Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, The Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control has called on West African Countries to work together to provide access to safe medicine.
She made this call during a meeting of the Steering Committee of the West Africa Regulatory Harmonisation Project which took place recently in Lagos.
She said, “The goal of this meeting is to ensure that there is collaboration among regional regulatory agencies in West Africa. NAFDAC is one of the 15 regulatory agencies in the region and the collaboration will help us to have quality medicine for our people and also to strengthen the regulatory framework by ensuring that the governance of the regulatory agencies is very strong.
“If the regulatory agencies in our neighbouring countries are weak, it means that NAFDAC will be weak because there will be falsified medicine coming through these countries.”
Also speaking, at the meeting, The Director of Public Health, West African Health Organisation, Dr Carlos Brito said a collaboration between West African Countries will strengthen the availability of drugs in the region.
He noted the WAHO is burdened with the responsibility of helping countries in the region overcome their challenges.
He said, “WAHO and ECOWAS have a very strong mechanism of solidarity that can be used. We consider integration better for us to achieve health for all in our region. Our countries are not on the same level of development and very often, it is very necessary to help some countries to strengthen their programmes and capacity in the region.”