The Lagos State House of Assembly has reaffirmed government’s determination to arrest and prosecute anybody or group of people hawking drugs on the streets in the state.
The Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Health Services, Hon. Suru Avoseh, disclosed this at the 3rd Annual General Meeting of the Lagos State Medicine Dealers Association.
He noted that the state through the Ministry of Health in support with leadership of LSMDA would work together to arrest anybody found indulging in this act.
“Hawking of drugs is prohibited on the street of Lagos. Anyone found using wheelbarrow or any other form of advertising drugs would be seriously sanctioned,” Avoseh said.
The lawmaker further noted that the Assembly would not allow the association to operate illegally urging them to operate within the law that established them.
He therefore promised that the committee has intensified its efforts to ensure that members of the association who had applied for certification to operate in the state are considered commending the entire members of the association on their anniversary.
He also assured them that the state Assembly in conjunction with the state Ministry of Health would continue to support them.
Earlier, the president of the association, Mr. Fidelis-Omeyi Nwokeocha said as a responsible organization, it is the obligation of members to respect and abide by policy of the government.
He also stated that during a meeting he had with members, he enumerated damage inherent in stocking and selling drugs which sources and existence are questionable.
“As an association, we do not condole, encourage or support anyone who involve in such practice. Always ensure that your purchases are genuine. We have no doubt that our collaboration is highly essential in the effort to providing quality medicines to the public and also our maximum co-operation in curbing fake drugs out of the system,” Nwokeocha said.